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Holidays in the medieval village

Modernity came into our lives on tiptoe.

Unknowingly, we got accustomed to a new world that is completely different from the one we knew… a world that unceasingly pursues progress.
As a result, some traditions have been almost completely lost, becoming the prerogative of a small group of people.

An example? The art of weaving.

In the past, a considerable amount of wool was produced in Abruzzo, because breeding was one of the main activities.

The women of every family knew how to transform rough fibres into yarn and fabric. At home, wool was mostly used to weave clothes, covers and carpets.
Of course, it was also used for commercial purposes.
In ancient times, in fact, the wool weaving workshops of Abruzzo were very renowned, not only for the quality of wool used and for the excellence with which it was woven, but also for the beauty and for the artistic taste of the final product.

Moreover, since the art of weaving had been partially learned from the Turkish slaves bought on the Apulian markets, the decorations were a mix of local designs and Eastern patterns. Geometric figures were very frequent, especially the diamond, and they often contained other simple designs, such as flower vases, trees, animals or human figures.

It sounds like something belonging to a remote past, doesn’t it?
You must be thinking about how the life of yesteryear could be…
Well… at Sextantio you can go back in time for real!
We have paid attention to all details, in order to allow our guests to enjoy an authentic experience and dive into the tradition of Abruzzo… and these details also include hand-woven covers just like those we have mentioned above.
And that’s not all! Guests can take part into a weaving course and learn many interesting things about the techniques and the tools used in ancient times.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to keep a piece of Abruzzo in your heart forever.
Don’t miss it!


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