6. Dorgali: Sardinian Filigree Workshop
Discover the magic of Sardinian filigree craftsmanship in a famous local goldsmith's workshop dating back to the first half of the 20th century. Watching the mastery of Mattia, a young son of art, you will discover traditional techniques and see a typical Sardinian jewel come to life.
The experience will take place in his goldsmith's workshop in the centre of the village of Dorgali, in the province of Nuoro. You will begin the activity starting with the fusion of precious metals and then continue with all the other steps leading to the creation of the jewel: rolling, drawing, design and realisation. You will have the opportunity to try out the drawing techniques yourself and follow the creation of a grain.
It will be a unique privilege that will put you in touch with the history and traditions of Sardinia also through Mattia's stories!
The young master goldsmith Mattia inherited his passion from his father, who began studying at the age of 11 first in Piedmont in Valenza, the capital of high jewellery, and then returned to Sardinia and continued his studies in Cagliari with the highest exponents of Sardinian filigree, until in 1965 he opened his first workshop in Dorgali, his home town.
Mattia took over in 1986 when, at the age of 6, he joined the family business as a helper to his father who was to be his teacher. He continued his studies at the Nuoro art academy until he too felt the need to open his own workshop about 8 years ago. Today Mattia is a filigree goldsmith who, while keeping faith with traditional techniques, makes artefacts influenced by modern art to please all tastes.