Wefts and threads
Diego Velázquez, Le filatrici (1657) – Museo del Prado
We happened to read an article titled “Trame e fili, Come parole nel tessuto del tempo” in the Italian edition of the online culture magazine Wall Street International. We would like to mention some interesting excerpts as we felt them to be culturally enriched—and also because the subject was quite close to our own business. Besides, we, too, are very fond of craftsmanship—and are likewise resolved to create…a successful weft!
Anyone interested can find the original article at this address:https://wsimag.com/it/cultura/27227-trame-e-fili
A craft from the gods
Weaving is a craft that comes from the gods: in Greek tradition Athena was the goddess who taught Pandora this skill…It is a feminine sort of knowledge, a combination of skill and dexterity issuing by the knowledge of the goddess who leaped from Zeus’s head, a wisdom that regards their private sphere as a sacred space, where in ancient times they would spend their life as mothers, wives, daughters and lovers, outlining a vision of the world where weaving stands for an arduous and demanding effort of preserving and perpetuating life…
A metaphor for life
It is a slow, measured, whose rhythm and ritual associated weaving to a limitless world of metaphors. Women and goddesses share this τέχνη (techne, or “art”, “craft”): ever busy on the loom with her golden shuttle, just like the fair Helen, or Queen Arete of Scheria and Circe in her house “built of smooth stones”, Calypso was intent on weaving a large tapestry while singing in a clear voice as the got ready to work her metamorphic magic. Athena herself was an outstanding spinner.
After all, “tie and untie, twine and untwine” is the story—and the image—of our life; it is the skill which enables women to intertwine suggestions, emotions, words and silences, colours and hues as if they were threads, and so weave a web where so many elements mix and combine to create life in its entirety.
A logical thread… to tell your story
Whenever we happen to lose the thread—to lose our train of thought—let us then recall this ancient wisdom which is part of our heritage.
A logical thread is what one needs to rearrange and declutter confused thoughts, entangled doubts and undefined opinions. Hence close, intimate connections come to light—connections between weaving and the plot where words entwine to highlight the fabric of the story.