Colors that grow with time

Hand-dyed fabric by Bertozzi




Textile products like table cloth, apron and fabric bag all come with beautiful patterns, which could be simple geometric designs or fine floral prints. Instead of hardline color, the geometric patterns are outlined with fading color, which let them float daintily on the fabric. Similarly, the floral patterns are not drawn in a precise manner, but irregularly swinging between the subtle difference of sharp and blurry edges. The gradients of cherry, purple or blue color that imitate the colors of nature — the pink of Persian cyclamen, the purple of Korean gentian, and the blue of the deep blue sea — and randomly intersect with one another.

As machines are incapable of producing an organic presentation, the fabric has to be printed by the hands of artisans. The history of Bertozzi can be traced back to almost a hundred years ago in a small town near Bologna in Italy. The town has been practicing the technique of printing on or dying fabric with hand-carving stamps from blocks of wood from as early as the Renaissance. Colour can be easily absorbed as linen is used, and gives the fabric products a warm and heartfelt nature.

Bertozzi does not aspire to impress the world with exquisite and phenomenal techniques. The artisans allow the colour to freely spread and intersect on the fabric as if painting with watercolor on canvas, and because delicacy is fragile, only the sophisticated ones, as Bertozzi endeavors, can grow with time.