Rotating artisans present their handmade products at Le Artigiane
While its neighborhood may be touristy, as it’s located on Via di Torre Argentina, a step inside Le Artigiane will take you out of your passer-by mindset, and deep into the fine details of Italian craftsmanship. Upon entry, this exhibition space has the feel of a studio warehouse, with an upstairs loft that gives artisans, who come from all over Italy, plenty of space to display their handmade products.
Since 1999 Le Artigiane, which was co-founded by Livia Carchella and Bruna Pietropaoli, has been hosting artisans who sell anything from scarves, jewelry, clothing and shoes, to household decorations, paintings and furniture. Sellers offer original goods, many of which are inspired by Italian culture, that alternate as often as once per week. Le Artigiane helps keep the spirit of the artisan alive by resisting standardized products, instead supporting artists who provide personalized items made of natural materials. Carchella values the process of production in which an artist has a relationship with the materials she uses to create.
Le Artigiane also has a successful online store which features the majority of their products, most of which can be shipped throughout the world.
For the Christmas season, the store will have special items that include Nativity scenes designed in Verona as well as Christmas ornaments with hand painted scenes of the Appia Antica in Rome.