The permanent exhibition of ancient crafts
and rural lifestyle
The permanent exhibition of ancient crafts and rural lifestyle, adjacent to the farm Casa Nuova Assisi, born from the Fortini family passion for antiques of all kinds, especially related to the rural world and craft of Umbria in central Italy.
A passion that, in 30 years, has allowed us to collect and collect more than 3,000 pieces.
The exhibition brings together objects by type and functionality, thus creating different thematic sections: some reconstruct the ancient crafts, others are reviving the work atmosphere and peasant houses, with all their kit all sorts of objects made by hand.
Particularly interesting is the reconstruction of an old school in the early ‘900 classroom with folders, books, desks, pens and the ink fountains
The exhibition offers guided tours by qualified personnel throughout the year. The visits, by appointment, are open to all, especially to students of all ages.
The real heart of the house was his majesty the fireplace, near which the peasant family “was the living room.” The old recounting the incidents of war, the women worked, put to drying and to dry the pork.
Essential, simple with complete lack of sanitation. Family members were washed in wooden tubs placed in front of the fireplace and then emptied. The mattress was stuffed with corn leaves and padded cushions with bird feathers.
The farmer gave an impression of sacredness in all phases of agricultural activity that are followed from season to season. The various agricultural operations, from planting to harvest the grain, threshing, from the harvest to the pressing of the must, from harvesting to pressing of the olives, the “husking” of corn for planting of vines in accordance with the moon phase, were puntualizzate by a series of rituals, ceremonies and parties that gave to the work of the farmer an unmistakable magical-religious character.
Inside the farmhouse, the frame is a constant presence and plays a decisive role in the household of the peasant family. With it being cast Mezzolani, woolen stuffs, twill, rigatini, sheets and blankets; It was used by the women of the house to weave kit (the so-called “dowry”) and to cover the clothing needs for all household members.
The farmer meant that the land was organized to produce everything necessary to the family. Generally in its huts and in its cellars was placed bench carpenter where the peasant worked during the winter. Repaired barrels, built bigonci and all the useful items for the grape harvest and wine making; built handles, forks, Treggio, travails to shoe the animals, city cart, carts and carriages (carts). From this period comes the job of Facocchio: The manufacturer of carts.
Skilled craftsman according to precise techniques, was able to run everything by hand; a true master in the field it essential repair tools applied; cutting tools such as axes, pruning hooks, hoes, sickles sickles.