05 Apr VELVETS, DAMASKS, LAMPASSES, BROCADE, SATIN
Walking through Venice towards Campiello De La Comare you might come across a colorful and welcoming entrance.
It is the door to the showroom of the historic Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua, which originally, when it was founded in 1875 by Luigi Bevilacqua and his partner Giovanni Battista Gianoglio, was based in Fondamenta San Lorenzo, in Sestiere Castello.
This first site – which was an old Silk School, abandoned at the beginning of the century – was not chosen by chance.
What is happening, in fact, in Venice, when the Tessitura becomes a real company? It is certainly not an easy time. At the beginning of the century, the French Joseph Marie Jacquard had developed a loom that soon spread like wildfire throughout Europe, around the 1820s, contributing to the disappearance of the Art of Silk and, above all, of its more artisanal production: velvet.
Fortunately, in the second half of the 20th century, with the Anglo-Saxon import Arts and Crafts movement, handicraft products were recovered and traditional silk processing techniques were rediscovered.
Therefore Tessitura Bevilacqua started from where Italian fabrics had stopped, saving the looms of the eighteenth century and placing itself at the turning point between crisis and rebirth.
Today the weaving mill boasts prestigious collaborations all over the world: from the very Venetian Hotel Danieli to Fendi; from the Swedish artist Maja Sjöström to the sumptuous restaurant in Marrakech designed by the Alajmo brothers, from the residential palace in Dresden to the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg.