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Cafts Industry

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The Crafts Industry

The cultural and economic importance of craft activities in Umbria has ancient roots. The various craft activities began in Mediaeval times. In the Renaissance, development of the major guilds influenced the minor guilds which reached the height of their splendour. The ceramics of Deruta, Perugia, Gubbio, Gualdo Tadino, Orvieto and Città di Castello asserted themselves all over Italy.
The magnificence of the bright, white enamel work in Deruta became renowned for the nimble graphic curves of its golden-yellow decorations and the firm line of its figures. The ruby reflections of the majolica earthenware in Gubbio by Giorgio Andreoli and his sons and the sober geometry of the ancient decorations of Orvieto were extremly famous, as the highly acclaimed ware production, as also the bright enamels of Gubbio and Gualdo Tadino and the heraldry and the reliefs of works found in Città di Castello. Textile crafts have been plied in Umbria at least since the 12th century. The works were influenced by French production, particularly the tapestries from Lilie by Giacomo Bergieres.
Over the centuries various typical forms created in Perugia were to develop: the textiles of the Donino workshop whose production lasted up until the 18th century, and the famous table - cloths of Perugia woven for both religious and everyday purposes.

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