Tessile M&dusa by Marcella and Daniela Sanna
Via Gramsci, 151
09086 – Samugheo (OR)
Tessile M&Dusa was born in 2004 when, together with my sister Daniela, we decided to take over "M&dusa textile cooperative", a small all-female entrepreneurial company, here in Samugheo, the town where we were born and raised. We bought the structure with the idea of continuing a tradition that was born in the 70s (golden years for textile craftsmanship). Thus began our trips to Prato to buy looms, which for the factories were already too old, but for our type of weaving they were ideal. We decided to keep the name “M&dusa” for two reasons: because M&dusa in Samugheo is a legend and because the name contains mine and my sister's initials… a sign of destiny.
I still remember that when I was a child I passed through the streets of Samugheo and from every door, from every window you could see a frame: in all the houses the frame was part of a woman's daily life.
Our work is a manual work. The "pibiones" is a traditional technique of weaving grains, typical of Sardinia
Without a doubt it’s my aunt Basilia, an artisan during the Sixties and a great entrepreneur, who carried out her profession with dedication, love and passion for over 40 years. Not only did she pass on to me the secrets of weaving when, as a child, I went to her workshop, but she also instilled the curiosity towards an artisanal technique little known to most people.
I still remember that when I was a child I passed through the streets of Samugheo and from every door, from every window you could see a frame: in all the houses the frame was part of a woman's daily life. I remember my mother who, despite 5 children, always found the time to get to the loom. I was born and raised among the looms: Samugheo gave me what has become my job.
Our work is a manual work. The "pibiones" is a traditional technique of weaving grains, typical of Sardinia; it can be a full or half full job. The "pibiones" can be so fine as to appear transparent, especially in thin fabrics such as curtains, tablecloths and blankets, or thicker "pibiones" for making rugs and cushions.
A carpet of 5 x 7 metres! Everything happened by phone: after visiting the M&Dusa website, the customer fell in love with a rug, and asked me if it was possible to have a large one. After hearing the measures, I was speechless ... The maximum width of a loom is 3 meters! After having studied the situation well, I proposed to the customer an additional carpet, 2 carpets worked and sewn all manually, up to the required size. It was a success!
I had already worked on several projects with designers, but this time it's different: I was selected for a project in which I have to represent textile craftsmanship, one of the flagships of Sardinia. I want to do it the best I can for my community too: Samugheo is the town of weaving and I am sure that, together with Serena Confalonieri, we will be able to create something that best represent not only tradition, but also innovation and the generativity of a fruitful dialogue.
I immediately had a good relationship with Serena, and seeing her enthusiasm as I showed her my work made me have full confidence in her; I'm sure there will be a good collaboration and that it will be a wonderful experience.
Every time an interview is done for me it is always an emotion, because when I look back I see where I have arrived and this makes me proud.
Laura Inghirami, journalist and advisor specialized in the jewelry sector, and Founder of Donna Jewel, interviewed, for the Cologni Foundation, the Master artisans who have been awarded as “MAM – Master of Arts and Crafts”, in the category: Jewelry - Silversmithing – Goldsmithing.