The Brozzetti Giuditta Textile Workshop and Museum

In 1921, Giuditta Brozzetti, one of the most important female entrepreneurs in Italy, founded a weaving workshop in a church in Perugia. As the capital of the region of Umbria, the green heart of Italy, Perugia is well known for its ancient textile industry.
Brozzetti’s idea was to set up a place where local women could express their weaving skills by creating and selling their own designs. Instead of producing textiles at home on manual looms, Brozzetti invited these women artisans to gather in a school-like workshop, where they used innovative technologies to help improve their craft.
Today, the Brozzetti Giuditta textile workshop is one of the last operating workshops in Italy, and is renowned in particular for the quality of its Jacquard fabrics, which are woven according to traditional techniques passed on through generations. Since 2004, the workshop also features a museum, where visitors can observe the large wooden looms at work, and take part in organised training activities.
The style developed at the Brozzetti workshop is based on the local imagery of Perugia. The rich history of the city, which was founded by the Etruscans, is witnessed by the various archeologic remains on display in local museums. The weavers studied terracotta objects dating from the ancient Etruscan art, which were preserved in tombs, as an inspiration to create “Etruscan” fabrics. Their work was also influenced by the medieval embroidery techniques used to produce the Tovaglie perugine, a local cloth made of embroidered pieces for the Christian liturgy.
Nowadays, the historical researchers who conduct detailed surveys on traditional weaving patterns for the workshop, are preserving these methods for future generations. The scholars were also able to recover a technique that was considered to be long lost: the fiamma di Perugia, which translates as the Perugian flame.
Tessuto Giuditta Brozzetti
In addition to the museum and the active workshop, the centre also includes a shop selling local textiles and a school providing weaving courses for professionals and amateurs alike. Using hand looms, the students learn to replicate traditional techniques and then create their own innovative working patterns. Further courses in embroidery are available for the beginners and more advanced students who wish to master the medieval decorative arts of Umbria.