Silk is a precious, trendy and fine fabric, three typical features of the Made In Italy creations, and is a cloth that needs care, talent and skill to become a protagonist at fashion shows and in everyday life.
The place where the silk manufacturing reached the highest level is Como, in Lombardy: here rises the silk district, one of the winning fields of textile factory, which took the second position for silk fabrics worldwide export after China.
Which are the peculiarities of this textile, the best producers and the venues where to go shopping during an holiday on the banks of Lake Como?
The silk road in Brianza
Silk came in Italy from Far East in XV century and at that time began the growing of mulberry, because its leafs feed the silkworms. In XVIII century were 248 spinning mills and Como became the landmark for silk fabrics in Europe: foulards, sweaters, scarfs, ties, curtains, a wide range of products that are inimitable, not even by the Chinese, which for first worked with this precious fabric.
If you are interested to know more about the long tradition of the Como silk, light and bright, delicate and resistant, we suggest to visit the Museum of Silk in Como, where are hosted machines, samples and other objects of silky art.
All the visits include a guided tour, a chance to discover the evolution of this trade and know the entire process of working; furthermore, the museum hosts meetings, workshops and events dedicated to the history of silk. www.museosetacomo.com
Silk top brands in Como
Como and its province are full of companies specialized in luxury products, thanks to the great care and the expertise developed through centuries, so we mention only a couple of brands.
Mantero, for example, is a brand with more than 100 years of history, which makes clothes and accessories for men and women, with a vocation for luxury labels.
Worldwide export is the key for the success of this brand, which won the challenge of competitiveness and now is focused on foulards as a luxury accessory for all the people that like fashion.
The Seteria Bianchi is another classic brand, born in 1907 and founded on quality, flexibility, creativity and innovation. They are always updated and are looking for new shapes and models, besides the traditional process, from silkworm brreding to weaving.
In the last years Seteria Bianchi produced printed fabrics with original designs, a large assortment of ties (30.00 different models) and jacquard fabrics for furnishings.
If you want to update your wardrobe and love silk, shopping in Como is a must! www.seteriabianchi.com
Vacations on the banks of Lake Como
Como is a renowned destination for silk and for its lake, that attracted a lot of tourists looking for relax and quietness, thanks to a daydream landscape (which inspired painters and writers) and the exclusiveness of its hotels.
An excursion by boat is a romantic way to explore the most charming corners of this area, in fact the relais with a view on the lake offer this service. Among the most famous towns we recommend Cernobbio, the favorite destination for meetings and conventions, hosted at Villa Erba, one of the best Italian villas built in XIX century.
Here elegance is a state of mind, so we suggest you a journey follow the silk tradition on the most loved lake by Vips and Hollywood stars.