On this edition of “La via della Lana”, the oldest architectural part of the wool factory is going to collect—in a section opened for the very first time—unpublished materials belonging to the company’s historical archive, undergo restoration, and provide accounts of its history using audio-visual commentaries.
A work in progress, the archive will systemize all of documents, set them up, and display them to the general public on this special occasion. Visitors may also be able to request unpublished documents and samples available to be studied on-site.
Through this new initiative, the wool factory can stay true to its renewed commitment to protecting and enhancing the legacy of its products, as well as finalizing the terms and conditions of a long period of collective participation to achieve a goal, for which everyone is taking the first important steps.
This year, the company archives were utilized extensively as part of the Iuav Research Project conducted by Martina Bernardi, who stated, “L’archivio come fonte di sviluppo del potenziale creativo ed economico nelle lavorazioni del tessile laniero”, i.e. The archive as a source of creative potential and economic development in the processing of the wool textile industry, which—thanks to the help of the archivist Francesca Sardi—yielded a conceptual topographical map, identified the premises where stocks were kept, verified the state of preservation, and helped select materials to move into the area used for this purpose, after rigorous cleaning in order to stop the process of deterioration.
After an assessment of documents, to which samples had been carefully considered and many types of documents had been reviewed, we identified the central theme and special features, focusing on the purpose of each one. During the intermediate stage, the areas containing an archival storage within the spaces of the wool factory were utilized.
At present, a digital database and a thesaurus management system is under construction, which has been carried out in collaboration with textile designer Marta Sambin. He is currently working on different terminologies used by technicians and customers in order to create a comprehensive glossary and research tool for the textile manufacturing of fashion, didactics and design.
For the design of the space capable of hosting the archive, architect Sara Marini has collaborated by surveying the areas and restoring structures within the company, which are also suitable to preserve historical materials and workstations for their studies.
In order to provide a commentary on the work done on the project to date, an audiovisual presentation entitled “Bon Voyage” was made, which consists of a lectern discussing the history of the project, cast onto a projector screen.
The wool factory is described as a place of transition— not only the raw materials and finished fabrics, but also the characteristics and styles indicative of an era. The assembly consists of a series of dreamlike visions that transfigure the materials, of Lanificio Paoletti’s textile archives in order to detail the emotional experience of its discovery and the historical moments when it was the protagonist. The fleece that has built the business’s identity over the past two centuries is poetically revisited through an imaginary naïf, in which seemingly discordant elements in terms of nature are put together into stop-motion animations.
A collage on the move, linking images belonging to diverse contexts and eras, intertwines various epochs starting from the inferences evoked by a piece of wool fabric dating back almost a hundred years ago, or perhaps yesterday. The streams that gave birth to the textile industry in Follina have now become the shipping lanes of a story handed down through generations.
Photo Credit: Martina Bernardi, Nicola Lucchetta