Behind our Products

The History of Cork

The company was founded in 1985 with a small family-run workshop and has been making bags and accessories in natural cork for over 30 years. The choice and care of details, passion and craftsmanship have remained intact in the company spirit of Massimo Mattana.
Creativity has given birth to a unique brand in its sector, creating a product made in Sardinia 100% sold all over the world.

Used by man for thousands of years, certainly at least since the nuraghe in Sardinia.

How is cork harvesting? How does the extraction season take place? What difficulties does it involve?


First of all the origin: the cork is the bark of the cork oak (Quercus Suber), a tree of the fagaceae that reaches centuries old and notable, and that for its majestic beauty and importance, not only economic, enjoys great respect and protection legal.

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The cork extraction can take place every 10 years, as established by law and common sense, to avoid over-exploitation of the plant that produces it. But if its ripeness and its thickness are not adequate for processing, this time frame can be extended up to 12-15 years.

 

The first decortic of a young oak occurs when it is about 20-25 years and only if its circumference, measured at 130 cm from the ground, is more than 60 cm. This operation of putting into production is called “demaschiatura” and must be done with great care.

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The product that is obtained, called “male cork”, is of poor quality and its value can not even repay the cost of labor for obtaining: it is a material that can only be used for grinding and subsequent agglomeration; it is used in a particular way for the construction of insulating panels, but also covering sheets, shoe wedges, industrial souvenirs.

 

As said, it is an economically inconvenient job, but it must be done to have new cork, both to increase the total production, and to replace the production of old oaks or damaged by fires, which no longer produce good quality cork.

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After 10 years we proceed to the second extraction, which will finally give rise to some kind of cork, even though its characteristics are not optimal for processing and a large percentage of waste has to be made.
Only at the third extraction will finally have a fully workable and high quality cork.

Our Cork Workshop

Our lab was founded in 1985 with a small family-run workshop and has been making bags and accessories in natural cork for over 30 years. The choice and care of details, passion and craftsmanship have remained intact in the company, in the spirit of the founder Massimo Mattana.
Creativity has given birth to a unique brand in its sector, creating a product made in Sardinia 100% sold all over the world.

 Discover our Cork Collection: Cork Bags & Accessories

 

The ancient technique of Soutache

The soutaches is an ancient technique, also called the Russian Spike, as its origins are sought in decorative creations that embellished the sumptuous dresses of the tsars and Tsarinas and in the bitters of the Russian military.

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The soutaches technique has undergone a great evolution over the years but has been able to maintain its original beauty qualities, proposing itself nowadays as a refined technique for the creation of jewels and jewellery from different invoices.

 

The soutaches technique is based mainly on the use of a viscose webbing, from which it takes its name-called sujats or saucer-which is worked to the art to accommodate stones and cabochons of all kinds and to give life jewels of every kind, from scenographic necklaces with delicious earrings.

 

Discover our Soutaches Collection : Fine Jewerly