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Artessile by Elena Mulas

  • Rich antique looking fabrics, made of cotton and linen dyed with natural colors, crafted on manual semi-automatic handloom with delicate pibiones relief motifs.

  • Rich antique looking fabrics, made of cotton and linen dyed with natural colors, crafted on manual semi-automatic handloom with delicate pibiones relief motifs.

  • With an elegant design and refined manufacture, these rectangular loomwoven cushions feature relief effects in skilful geometric compositions of small triangles. They come in two versions: coloured cotton and natural wool. They can be customised in size and colour with ever-changing details.

  • The prized table runner in Sardinian wool faithfully revives the saddlebag used for special occasions by skilfully combining stripes and stylised figures, reinterpreted with a striking stylistic trait that tastefully and originally evokes the identity of the island.

  • These three decorative panels depict the typical charismatic Sardinian dance, su ballu tundu, rich in archaic rituals and propitiatory meanings, with stylised male and female figures, typical decorative elements of local weaving.

The artisan

According to Elena Mulas, the art of weaving is precious knowledge handed down by women at home, learnt by practicing on traditional juniper looms. In addition to traditional techniques and motifs, she can boast great professional skills, gained in a textile company since she was a child. With more than two decades of sound activity, her workshop, Artessile, has become an important point of reference in the production of furnishing fabrics. Her fabrics, crafted on semi-automatic looms, made of natural top-quality raw materials, meet the diversified expectations of her customers. The workshop is located in the picturesque setting of the village of Urzulei, where Elena weaves tapestries, rugs, drapes and household linen, through the use of traditional techniques and reinterpreting typical Sardinian decorations. Her productions may be used for different purposes and most of her customers work in tourist accommodation.

The collection

Her products include carpets, tapestries, sophisticated fabrics for curtains, tablecloths, bed sheets, towels and furnishing accessories in general. The decorative motifs used are inspired by local tradition: flowers, plants, stylized animals and geometric forms, merged in modern compositions. These innovative textile artefact are embellished with plant elements, such as asphodel threads, also used in local basket-making. Customizable and suitable to be used in contemporary settings, these elegant fabrics recall ancient traditions.

The technique

The process starts with the careful selection of high-quality and natural raw materials, such as cotton, linen and wool, dyed with plant-based colours. Weaving on traditional looms and semi-automatic hand-looms merge with manual operations with the local a pibiones, a littos and a fressada techniques, with fast base fabric weaving. Productions are characterized by the addition of asphodel threads, while inserts are woven.

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Where to find them

Indirizzo:
Artessile di Elena Mulas Laboratorio: Loc.Topponu, Show Room Corso Umberto 18 08040 Urzulei (OG)

E-mail: mulas.elena@tiscali.it

Telefono: +39 (0)782 649253

Sito web: www.artessile.com