A memory of Solferino
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The first collection is recognizable by the beautiful details that are used in various garments that with a wink referring to the battle of Solferino which has played in June 1859.
Over 150 years ago, a big battle took place near Solferino, a drama that caused that Solferino from that moment is recorded in history.
Solferino is not just a village in the beautiful Italian countryside, but a village with a history, an impressive history and Regimes in days still leaving its mark, so in the form of the Red Cross. Henri Dunant watched the battle of Solferino, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of Italy, this battle took place on June 24, 1859, lasted over nine hours and more than 5,500 killed, 25,000 injured and over 11,000 missing or imprisoned persons.
Ultimately, the Austrians have come off worst. Of the Battle of Solferino is said to be a decisive battle in the Second War of Independence and thus constituted a crucial step for the Italian Risorgimento (unification of Italy).
During the battle wounded or dying soldiers were mercilessly shot or impaled on the bayonet. The Swiss businessman Henry Dunant was traveling through and came right into the fray. Dunant could not bear seeing the wounded soldiers to their fate. He called as many people, especially women, from the neighboring villages to care for the wounded.
At home, the hell of Solferino Dunant could not shake. He wrote a book about it. Alongside a report on the war, he called the international community to an organization of volunteers to set up, which could provide emergency assistance.
This laid the groundwork for what Henry Dunant after the Red Cross would be. Solferino is situated just west of Castiglione delle Stiviere. In that place you will find the Red Cross Museum. Following the bloodshed, the name Soferino also assigned to a purplish red color, this color can be found in the labels of the Solferino collection.