On 14 October, a special event entitled “Zegna and water: textile finishing”, with guided visits to the paintings of Ettore Olivero Pistoletto depicting traditional working of wool
On 13 and 14 October, the whole of Italy has an appointment with art, culture, beauty. The FAI Autumn Days, dedicated to the discovery and promotion of our heritage, are back, and this year too it’s thanks to the efforts of thousands of Fondo Ambiente Italiano volunteers. For they will be the visitors’ guides, also at Casa Zegna, which on Sunday 14, one of the FAI Days, will be unveiling hidden treasures and putting on a special event: “Zegna and water: textile finishing”. This is part of themed itinerary through the Biella area - “Forms of water”, linking Casa Zegna, Fabbrica della Ruota, and Santuario del Cavallero.
Water’s fundamental role in the production of woolen textiles and responsible use of it in the Zegna Wool Mill will be the key topics of the Day. The public will be able to discover the ancient art of working wool whilst admiring paintings by Ettore Olivero Pistoletto commissioned by Ermenegildo Zegna and now kept in Casa Zegna’s Picture Gallery, which will open on an exceptional basis for guided visits till 17.00.
The artist’s canvases illustrate the various phases, techniques and secrets of wool working craft, which is still a source of inspiration for production processes today. Like the dyes obtained by the infusion of herbs, flowers, vegetable peel and wood which have been rediscovered by the Zegna Wool Mill, which uses mountain water so as not to alter fabrics’ characteristics and advanced purification plants to clean the water before giving it back to nature.
Sunday’s event will also be an opportunity to visit Ermenegildo Zegna’s private cinema (built by Otto Maraini), where clips from unpublished films from the Zegna Historical Archives will be shown.
And the exhibitionat Casa Zegna - “UOMINI ALL’ITALIANA 1968. La confezione Zegna: dalla sartoria all’industria” - will be on till 28 October. While on Sunday 14 October there will be a Montessori workshop for kids aged 5 to 8 at the Conca dei Rododendri (Cascina Caruccia), inspired by the colors and foliage of Oasi Zegna’s woods.
FAI Autumn Day
Zegna and water: textile finishing
14 October 2018
Open: 10.00 - 18.30. Guided tours of the Picture Gallery till 17.00.
Casa Zegna, Via Marconi 23, Trivero (BI), tel. 015 7591463, email@example.com.