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Walking along the Silk Road

Walking along the Silk Road

Lampasses, velvets, damasks and brocades have something in common, the core and secret of their preciousness. That something is silk, the raw material behind each of these fabrics. But where does silk come from? Luxury fabric silk comes to Europe From silkworms, you...

The fruits of downfall

The fruits of downfall

Let’s take a look at some history and at what was going on, in Venice and in the rest of the world, when Luigi Bevilacqua’s Weaving Mill became a real company in 1875. We will start from an end, i.e. the windup of craft guilds in Venice, ordered by one of Napoleon’s...

Velvet: behind the scenes

Velvet: behind the scenes

Behind Bevilacqua’s velvets lays a story of handicraft and patience, handed down from generation to generation, and which still comes true, just as it did in the 18th century. Like Penelope’s shroud, this work does make progress, but slowly. With respect...

The velvet armour: Yiqing Yin

The velvet armour: Yiqing Yin

A garment which can protect and give strength to whom wears it, being both as natural as a second skin and as shielding as an armour: this is the mission which the young - she was born in 1985 - stylist Yiqing Yin has chosen to draw inspiration from for her creations....

Venice and Istanbul: enlaced relationships unravelled by an exhibition

Venice and Istanbul: enlaced relationships unravelled by an exhibition

This is one of those stories where you can hardly tell the pupil and the teacher apart: the Venetian and Ottoman fabric manufacturies are as interwoven as the patterns of the fabrics they exported and imported, due to their age-old cultural and commercial comings and...

Conte di Savoia: the rise and fall of a dream of luxury

Conte di Savoia: the rise and fall of a dream of luxury

The Conte di Savoia is a transatlantic liner, or rather was: a means of the fascist propaganda, destroyed during the Second World War, it is the symbol of the end of an age, for Italy, and of the unescapable parting from a past which, by now, is long gone. The history...

Venedig für Kenner, that is Venice as seen by Germany

Venedig für Kenner, that is Venice as seen by Germany

"Venice for connoisseurs": that’s the headline of today’s Weltkunst, the art magazine of Die Zeit, which is dedicated to the lagoon city. Petra Schäfer describes first of all some of Venice’s swellest hotels, restaurants and attractions, some of which often stand in...

Silk Map: when art meets traditional crafts

Silk Map: when art meets traditional crafts

From June 1 to November 24, on the occasion of the 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, the Venice Pavilion will host the project Silk Map, a tribute paid to the weaving tradition, the so-called ”soft art”, through the combination of art and...

The irresistible lightness of damask

The irresistible lightness of damask

Legends say that damask was created in Syria, in the capital city with the same name, several centuries before it was introduced in the western world (approximately in the 12th century) by the maritime Republics of Genoa and Venice, which started to produce it in...

The decorative essence of broccatello

The decorative essence of broccatello

The weft of brocade, the weave of lampas: the broccatello is one of the lightest silk and linen fabrics, with an in-relief effect which makes it unique

The golden age of Venetian velvet

The golden age of Venetian velvet

The ancient weaving mill Luigi Bevilacqua presents a new collection of velvets, inspired by the golden age of the Republic of Venice: the 16th century. The influence of oriental patterns on Venetian velvet in the 16th century The four patterns Sforza, Ca' d'Oro,...

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