||FRIENDS OF THE BANDERA EMBROIDERY ASSOCIATION
|Anna Ghigo Merlassino,
Via G. Demaria n. 10 - 10023 CHIERI (To)
Tel. 011-9427421 - Fax 011-9490763
The Bandera Embroidery
Association was founded on September 1999 in order to safeguard and promote this
traditional Piedmontese embroidery handicraft. This entity is sponsored by and works in
collaboration with the Chieri Textile Foundation and the Textile Museum, (Fondazione
Chierese per il Tessile ed il Museo Tessile).
The Association works within its cultural policy of acquiring and applying the available
information and knowledge in reviving this old, high quality craftwork; plus spreading and
protecting the peculiar and unique caharacteristics of the designs and patterns of this
By employing the heritage of various embroidery schools combined with the passionate
interest of the teachers of this art, the Association strives and concentrates in
expanding the knowledge and propagation of this embroidery in other parts of Italy and
abroad. Furthermore, this Association proposed and created a trademark in order to define
the quality and specifications for this art and defend and maintain the antique beauty and
quality of the embroidery and of the Bandera cloth.
The Bandera cloth and its embroidery is considered a valuable and important Piedmontese
heritage. The Association obtained the registered trademark on July 12, 2000.
|Bandera Cloth and its
The Bandera cloth's piedmontese or more
specifically Chieri origins have been found in the "statutes of the Art of
Fustian" (Statuti dell' arte del Fustagno), published in the 14th century. In these
statutes the cloth is first described as being hemp and then as treated cotton and having
regular raised motifs; parallel or cellular lines,also as being of white or light ecru.
This cloth, in addition to ordinary uses was employed for military and family servitude