This technique was born inside a current of thought
spread among the German bourgeoisie in the first half of the 19th
century, after the fall of Napoleon: they were in search of peace,
family life, values such as modesty, diligence, loyalty, sense of
duty. They sought the protection of their home, which was to be as
warm, comfortable and pleasant as possible, goal achieved also
through the commitment of women in small manual jobs. Always
following this trail, in this period there was a diffusion of the
habit to decorate the house for the holiday season, in ways similar
to today's ones .
They created then, as we do today, compositions with spices (cloves,
cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla beans, ginger ...),
canutiglia (a very thin twined wire, usually gold or
silver-colored), beads and satin ribbons. As time went by, other
materials has been added to the list, such as berries, pinecones,
seeds holders of some trees (such as beech and eucalyptus), coffee,
corn, pumpkin seeds, dried citrus fruits ...
The creations you can produce are endless, both as standalone
compositions and as decorations to embellish simple objects:
bouquets, pins, wreaths, pomander (dried citrus fruits with inserted
cloves), baskets, boxes ... And thanks to the spices with which they
are made, all bring with them a particular and nice scent.