It’s Gratitude Friday, when many bloggers – inspired by Diana -- take a few moments to reflect on things for which we are grateful.
I was very grateful, and thrilled, this week when my friend and fellow blogger Mary very kindly mailed me two more textiles that I had purchased from the very talented Marta, who operates her family textile business Giuditta Brozzetti in Perugia.
Mary is very well acquainted with Marta and with the Brozzetti atelier, and first introduced me to these beautiful, hand-woven products. I’ve bought a few different pieces now, and treasure each one. I’ve written before about Marta’s work and my belief that her textiles are works of art.
I especially enjoying teasing out the meanings in the designs Marta uses, for they all have significance. Marta carefully researches the patterns she develops for her textiles, for greater historical authenticity.
My previous textile, which I am going to hang above my bed, features a decorative pattern called "a medallion Leoni" and is taken from a 12th century fresco that adorns a side chapel of the church of Santa Maria Infraportas in Foligno in central Umbria.
And my very first Brozzetti textile, mounted in my hallway, exhibits an array of brilliant burgundy gryphons, one of the civic symbols of Perugia, shown in the “rampant” stance (apparently, this is a classic position in heraldry -- the study or profession of symbols and coats of arms)
Mary is usually my source for interpreting Marta’s symbols and I’m going to have to once again ask for Mary’s help in understanding the significance of the design on my new textile – it appears to be a stylized bird surrounded by an array of other repeating symbols.
The second piece I just acquired is a beautiful pillow cover, with rich colours as well as my favourite Latin motto also shown on the gryphons textile: “Per Aspera Ad Astra” or (roughly) “through difficulties do we reach the stars.”
I love the colours and texture of these beautiful pieces, and I know that every time I look at them, I’ll see Umbria.