Traditional Crafts and Skills of the Val di Comino
Metalwork in Wrought Iron and Copper
The master blacksmiths of ancient Atina have been renowned for their skill in metalwork from ancient times. Around the town of Atina there are many examples of intricate wrought-iron work.
Articles in beaten copper work are also very typical of this area, an example is the copper conca shown below.
La Conca and La Tina of Ciociaria
In times gone by there were typical types of vessels that were commonly used for transporting water in Ciociaria. These were often carried on the head:
La Conca : This item takes its name from the Italian word conca which means a hollow cavity in the ground. It is a concave container made of copper. It had a rather wide and has a wide funnelled opening at the top and two handles.
La Tina : This type of terracotta amfora had a rounded bulbous shape with a narrow neck, to lessen the possibility of spillage when carrying liquids up or downhill.
Other traditional crafts include:
Basket Making – using wicker or plant fibres
Cabinet Making and Woodwork – making chairs, household utensils and implements, wooden farming tools
Pottery – Making everyday terracotta objects such as amphorae, cooking pots, money boxes
Making Musical Instruments – wood turning to make wooden pipes of musical instruments such as the zampogna
Leather Work – making footware such as the traditional Cioce
Spinning and Weaving
Woolen Carpet Making
Photos have been accredited to the photographer / owner. Images marked * are in the Public Domain.
All other photos I have taken myself – © Louise Shapcott