The art of learning this craft begins at a young age. Each apprentice spends a minimum of 5-years before being able to practice this craft and consider themselves an upholsterer. I spent six-months in a shop to learn how it works. It was a wonderful, enriching experience, though I only skimmed the surface of what there is to learn.
The tradition of the artisan is deeply embedded in Italian culture. The relationship of man and handcrafted materials goes to what gets passed down from a father, or grandfather. Come witness the craftsman.