Our purpose is to give a contribution in discovering or rediscovering the roots of this extraordinary land, with the firm conviction that we cannot understand the importance of what we take for granted today if we do not possess historical consciousness. Without any expectation we will try to bring to light myths, characters, facts and legends of our land, which are now in collective oblivion.
by Anna Maria Caputo
“It is essential that every example does not go unnoticed: history is not only made of great characters, but also of little heroes who have not hesitated to sacrifice their own life for an ideal and for the collective wellness. They are characters from every period and field, who are united by their belief in a better future and, today, we certainly owe something to them. “(It is, for logistical reasons, of brief hints to these characters’ life)
“Let’s walk into the history of craftsmanship, the father of crafts and of today’s industry, extrapolating some significant moments, memories and characters. Every decorative detail used today was worked manually not so long ago. It is about Art, symbol of growth and it must not be betrayed by our modern times, when everything escapes and appears ephemeral”
The historic centre of Lecce is dotted with numerous papier-mâché workshops, where old and, surprisingly, young artisans give life to precious objects with unequalled mastery. Once inside, we immediately breathe the air of an ancient tradition, our gaze is captured by the innumerable static or dynamic subjects but, still, expressive and full of emotional suggestion.