THE SOUTACHE (Part 1)
A technique that comes from afar.
The Soutache (or Russian Spiga) is a truly refined technique to accomplish jewels originated from Eastern Europe. It has been named soutaches from a viscose tape (sujtas) used to make the fastenings on the jackets of soldiers and to beautify the sumptuous dresses of the czars and tsarinas.
This woven webbing plug, also called strip, has the characteristic of being particularly flexible and can adapt to various forms, so as to be literally curved and molded around stones, pearls and cabochon, giving origin to beautiful and colorful bracelets and earrings, brooches, necklaces and clothing decorations and accessories.
The Soutache technique has conquered the world of jewelery thanks to some artists of Russia and Poland (though perhaps the most famous designer in this area is the Israeli Dori Csengeri), who adapted and applied the technique to the realization of the soutaches really unique jewelry.
Yet also in Italy there are very respectable artisans capable of realizing wonderful creations with this technique: I speak in particular of Tiziana Landini (Amaranta Beads) and Rosalba Castagna (Muciddos Beads). Tiziana was born in Livorno, but for some years has moved in the hills near the sea in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The colors of the countryside, the beauty of spring and the poignant winter with the warmth of the fireplace are her sources of inspiration. And the beauty of her creations confirms the importance of living close to nature in a peaceful environment:
Rosalba instead is a civil engineer lent to craftsmanship. Her online store is still minimal, but already promising, and his creations are really fascinating:
Next Monday I will publish a new post on this subject, showing you the skill of specialists in Eastern Europe. Sooner or later me, too, I'll test my skills with the complex technique of soutaches: in the meantime, do not miss to enjoy my creations based on weaving. See you soon!