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LECCE LIMESTONE


Lecce limestone is a calcareous stone very soft and easy to work. Its unique compactness, colour and structure are due to its components. Its charm and geological value are given by little bits of fossils. The typology of the quarried products have different colours, compactness, homogeneity and age . The main varieties are the pale golden stone, the white stone and the grey one.

Everything in Lecce and in Salento was created with Lecce limestone, the one material that suited to the Baroque decorations. Lecce limestone is very soft and easy to work, and has an extraordinary capacity to increase its hardness and resistance with the passing of time. It is a calcareous rock that can be traced back to the Miocene period; it varies in colour from white to amber. Today, traditional stonecutting techniques have been partially replaced by modern machinery, even if there are still local craftsmen capable of chiselling the stone by hand.

CARTAPESTA

Among the local artisan activities, the papier-mâché (cartapesta) handicraft has a very important role producing very beautiful items. In the 17th century, the intense trade between Venice's Republic and merchants from Salento, determined the development in Lecce of  the art of "cartapesta" as was locally called the papier maché. It is paper macerated in a solution of water and flour glue. The mass is then pressed to remove excess water and mixed with a solution of animal glue, pasta starch and resin. Then the work is left to slowly dry and then hot irons tools are used to mark the folds and the expressive details.


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