Mario Talarico’s

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stu­dio is si­t­u­ated in the heart of Naples soul­ful Span­ish quar­ter, away from the tourist hotspots. Serv­ing as a painter serv­ing the royal court, Mario’s grand­fa­ther, Achille Talarico, opened a stu­dio here in 1860 to make fine um­brel­las made from silk and ivory for roy­alty and gen­try. The shop was later passed onto his son and daugh­ter-in-law – Mario’s par­ents. Born in the early 1930s, Mario Talarico Sr. was lit­er­ally brought up in the um­brella stu­dio and of­ten fell asleep to the sound of his mother’s sewing ma­chine. “As soon as I was born my par­ents brought me here. They put me in a box in­stead of a moses bas­ket.”

Mario sub­se­quently in­her­ited the busi­ness and now the shop is now run by the third and fourth gen­er­a­tion, all work­ing hard to keep the tra­di­tion of rig­or­ous crafts­man­ship alive. Joined by his grand­son, Mario Talarico Jr., Mario Talarico Sr. fab­ri­cates um­brel­las en­tirely by hand, us­ing hard woods or cane for shafts and hand-embroidered silk fab­rics. ”Our um­brel­las are made us­ing tech­niques that date back to the nine­teenth cen­tury. Ev­ery

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