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Meet the artisans of Rome

Bookbinder, Cartonnage Legatoria dell’Orso

Ancient traditions are alive and well in Rome — from a parfumier and a bookbinder to a leather worker and a mosaic artist, these six artisans will make you want to reach for your wallet https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2018/03/meet-artisans-rom

I’m from the north, Lake Iseo, but came here 30 years ago.

My first memory of Rome was thinking that you really breathed the air here — the beauty of Italy. It was magical. Now, it’s not what it was, and we’ve lost traditions, but the beauty remains.

I’m not sure I’m an artisan… I just do simple things, covering notebooks and albums, and making boxes. I opened this shop 20 years ago — I feel like I’ve spent my life here.

Everything’s made to measure. You come in, choose a product and a paper, and I cover it. Prices start from around €10. I’ve got about 700 different kinds of papers to choose from — some printed, some handmade, some marbled. 

I don’t make the paper myself, but I create the objects. You choose what you want: the paper, the ribbon, the binding and the elastic. And I can do it on the spot. Boxes usually take about a day, but a notebook I can do in about 45 minutes.

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2018/03/meet-artisans-rome

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