Recently, we sat down with Swedish Radio for the program “Stil i P1” to discuss handicraft in general and Italian tailoring in particular. What’s so special about the Neapolitan tailoring style? And why is handmade tailoring interesting in the first place?
Li Edelkoort is known for making accurate forecasts of within the art and design world. In an interview with Dezen Magazine in 2012 she was really on to something and her argument came in handy during our conversation with Stil i P1. Edelkoort argues that we live in a digital age and that “super-technology is going to ask for super-tactility”. As our lives becomes more digitalized, our hands and bodies will increasingly want to touch things so that they do not loose the notion of touch.
This is quite an abstract argument and it might seem unclear how it relates to handmade Italian tailoring. However, when you think about it this is one of the reasons why handmade tailoring is so appealing in the first place. It is a matter of feeling a garment, which is made specifically for your body; made by hand with a floating canvas, which adjusts to your body over time. Atelier Saman Amel advocates for the handmade product for this specific reason – it is a matter of interacting with the product through tactility.
This, and a lot more, was discussed in the program for Swedish Radio. Listen to the Stil i P1 program here (Swedish only we’re afraid).