A 3rd generation of hand crafted umbrellas
Naples May 2015: It was another national holiday and to avoid the massive crowds on Via Toledo, I detoured down the side street of the Spanish district. You step back in time on these side streets and into the lives of the Italians who live here. There is laundry flapping overhead, the corner Madonna shrine has dried flowers and electric candles, the local merchants have their stands half way into the street and Vespas weave among the pedestrians.
I asked Monica who paints the wonderful artwork on the umbrellas:
Has anyone asked to learn the technique of hand made umbrelllas?
"While (he was) still alive, my father had a request from a German girl who wanted to learn from him as she was building an umbrella.
Today we have not, however, the new generation of apprentices, Monica's daughters, Barbara and Francesca, have inherited the gene and aunt Maria's artistic attempt to paint on scarves "