Italy, a fragile beauty

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Italy is beautiful, but fragile, rich in unique and unrepeatable complexity. That is why “Italia Bellissima” research, promotes and preserves materials and ancient processes related to architecture.

by Fabrizio Aimar

“Italia Bellissima”, a tricolor dream of a few who now is becoming a shared reality. A vision composed by artisanship, passion and Made in Italy, well known in all over the world. However, the economic crisis has affected deeply the artisan pattern composed by small and medium-sized enterprises, undermining an industry that has always been the flagship of the Italian production.

Despite these excellences, so valid and qualified, the economic crisis has forced painful choices related to the survival of the same, due to internal labor demand no longer sufficient to ensure the continuation of activities.

Thanks to the data provided from 2000 to 2015, the national Chamber of Commerce has drawn an unfortunate trend concerning the widespread decrease in productive activities related to the sectors hitherto analyzed in our articles.

Just think about the manufacture of ceramic tiles for floors and walls, which has lost 19.3% of registered enterprises (916 to 739) and 32.0% of active ones (723 to 492) in the last 15 years, as illustrated in Figure 1 and 2.

Or take a look at the numbers listed on the brickworks, tiles and other terracotta products for the building: the fifteen-year trend has marked a downturn of 33.8% of registered enterprises (1059 to 701) and 30.4% of active ones (681 to 474), as illustrated in Figure 3 and 4.

As regards the blacksmith items in iron, copper and other metals, the situation proves to be more complex, and we will try to explore it better in a little more detail. This sector, still in the period of analysis 2000-2015, also noted a regression of both balances, accounting for 33.9% of registered enterprises (from 24085 to 15921) and active ones, accounting for 34.7% (23277 to 15193), as shown in Figure 5 and 6.

In this regard, it must be said that these data could include companies that do not carry out activities related to the construction sector. The decline of businesses over the last 15 years is certainly due to the crisis that the construction industry is going through, but it can be partially ascribed to the closure of small craft activities no longer adequate in technological and organizational needs of the market.

So, recognized this alarming trend in the entire country, “Italia Bellissima” squarely behind of this huge Italian craft endowment, as stated in the exposition of its Manifesto: “…research, promotes and protects both materials and ancient processes related to architecture”.

The paragraph 3 of the “’Italia Bellissima’ – Manifesto – Part 1/3″ reports: “(it) trusts in family-run companies that enclose, in their DNA, the pride in craftsmanship work and that draw confidence in its future from the local roots”. In addition, “Italia Bellissima” addresses part of its proceeds to safeguarding and promoting the national craft heritage.

Italy is beautiful but fragile at the same time, and we all need to work together to pass down from generation to generation in a future this poetry of life.