The beautiful medieval village of Rasiglia (focus of this previous article of ours), in Umbria, is dotted by remarkable art monuments such as the Trinci Castle and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Graces – featuring religious 15th-century frescoes – but also by stone buildings that were once mills, wool and dying factories dedicated to fine fabric making.
By exploiting the hydraulic energy provided by the river Menotre, the village developed a strong network of workshops and crafts tied to the textile field since the first half of the 1600s and until the 1950s, when wool factories moved to nearby Foligno.
Today, the textile archaeological-industrial park of Rasiglia is a rare example of conservation of all the elements needed to make fabric by hand, from shearing to the finished product, and highlights the passage from hand looms to hydraulic models – which were replaced in the early 20th century by the mechanical Jacquard loom, with a real global revolution in the field.
After being almost completely abandoned for a few decades, the small village – also known as “little Venice of Umbria” and “village of streams” – is coming back to life, with a few pre-industrial structures being renovated into houses and tourist accommodations.
Rasiglia (Foligno, Perugia)