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Il Mercato delle Gaite runs for 10 days in the second half of June. This period is a wonderful time to visit Umbria. Book your stay today at Genius Loci and let us help you with the information you need to get the most enjoyment out of this magnificent festival. Italy is famous for its festivals. They were originally organized in small towns, by the local people who all participated in one way or another to keep expenses to a minimum, devolving the profit either to a charity or to the needs of their own town or village.
Over the years, many of these once local festivals began to outsource the work to national cooperatives that send in a team. As you can imagine, this utterly changes the spirit and atmosphere of the festivals. Luckily Bevagna continues true to itself.
Year after year it is awarded its due recognition as one of the Top 10 Festivals in Italy. It meets and exceeds the basic criteria for this award — that an historic committee approve the authenticity, that the medieval culinary traditions be strictly respected…and above all, that a high percentage of local residents be involved in myriad ways. Bevagna has one of the highest percentages, in fact, of local participation of all the top-rated festivals. Its soul is intact, as are all those of the magnificent Umbrian towns.
The towns are just as well-known for what they have not become as for what they are. Each June, the locals don medieval garb as they go about the Festival activities. Each quarter — gaita — creates a tavern where dishes are prepared exclusively from documented medieval recipes.
The four gaite compete intensely in horse races, archery, processions, medieval street music, banquets, workshops and tavern menus. Artisan workshops are recreated, welcoming visitors with demonstrations and explanations. While all the workshops are interesting and worth visiting, we find the paper-making, candle-making from local beeswax, cloth dyeing from local herbs, silk weaving process complete from raising the silk worms to spinning the threadblacksmith, basket weaving and thatching using local river reeds truly remarkable. Mary As part of our honeymoon last summer, my new wife and I attended the Medieval Festival in Bevagna.
We were mesmerized watched by the entire silk weaving process.
What is the name of the machine in which the man enters and as I recall moves the thread from maybe spools, to weave it into a fabric? When was that machine invented? My wife, Adriane, and I have good friends who live near Massa Martana and we plan to visit them in if not this year.
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Bevagna 3 - Silk in the Middle Ages