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Museum of popular traditions


The Centre of Documentation of Craft Workshops and Popular Traditions is located in Garavelle, in a farmhouse facing the Villa Cappelletti. In the colonial compound of the Marchese Cappelletti in Garavelle is documentation of manual labor preformed by men, women and also children necessary for the production of daily consumer goods and of conservation with full respect to the practice of the domestic economy of the time. On the ground floor you will find the blacksmith's shop with a beautiful bellows in leather the forge and the common tools (pliers, clamps , hammers). In the front there is a cage for enclosing the horses and oxen in order to shoe them. In the stable you will find a collection of objects and instruments used for talking care of animals (yokes, hay cutters, harnesses, and baskets). In the cellar there is a collection of flasks, funnels, bottles, vats and rare presses. In the room dedicated to production of olive oil, other than the jars,urns for oil, and baskets you will find a mill stone and a gigantic press from the 1700s On the floor above there is a large kitchen typical of a patriarchal family. With a smoke stained stone fireplace next to it is the vat used to boil the linens. From the ceiling hang the grapes to be dried for the vin santo. On the wall there are little utensils used in daily work (tomato mill, wood plank used to beat the lard, graters in various forms, flour sifters). On the other side of the oven there is the "madia", a place where the bread was left to rise. In the bedroom is an iron bed flanked by the unmistakable set of nightstands and the religious icons hanging on the walls. The mattress is filled with cornhusks, the sheets and bedspreads were woven on the loom the same as the shirts and underwear resting on the bed. On the first floor you will find the shoemakers shop with his workbench, la "bicorgniola" (a shoemaker's tool) and forms for shoes as well as the carpenter's workshop with all the tools needed for work. In the large attic to the left was were all the equipment necessary for separating and working the grain was placed and to the right the looms are assembled with all the instruments necessary for spinning, shuttles, large spools for yarn, reels ,small spools for thread and wool winders, which were indispensable for making the family's clothes.