Basic line fabrics get their inspiration from the rustic Tuscan tradition, alternating embroideries, stripes, solid tints and simple geometric designs in a variety of colors
Among all the shades the blue of Busatti’s fabrics has a history in itself, antique and related to a great Renaissance artist. There is a plant that grows spontaneously in the high Tiber Valley, in Tuscany, where we live . Its scientific name is Isatis Tinctoria and though its flowers are of an intense yellow, from this plant we get a color for dyeing of a deep blue: guado (woad blue) . The secret is in the leaves, grounded in the mills stones and transformed in a paste shaped as bread lumps, fermented and finally essicated.
The divine color
Before chemical colors and indigo powder from India, our woad was very demanded and source of great income. For five centuries, till about 1600, it made the fortune of our valley, Piero della Francesca actually came from a family of “guadaioli” woad producers and merchants. In art, blue represents the color of the divine. In the Madonna del Parto, painted by Piero della Francesca in 1455, the azure mantle perfectly reflects the beauty of the woad color.
The thread of a tradition that reinvents itself
After being forgotten for centuries, Busatti has resurrected woad and it lives today in our tablecloths, bed covers, kitchen towels, and runners. This divine color, brought to life by the great Renaissance master, is soaked into each thread, not applied to entire bolt fabric. This ensures the durability of the tint and keeps it completely natural, resulting in a beauty that lasts over time and adds a pinch of art our creations.