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A Weaving Mill with Ancient Roots


In the realm of textile craftsmanship, where tradition meets innovation, one name stands out as a beacon of creativity and mastery: Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua.


HISTORY




Since 1499, this family of artisans has been creating velvets, brocades and damasks. However, in the 18th century, the ancient Venetian art of weaving silk was radically declining.


Luigi Bevilacqua inherited a passion for textiles from his ancestors. He was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movements that sought to bring back the artisanal craft of silk-making, by fighting the fast-paced textile industry of the time. Thus, Bevilacqua embarked on a quest to breathe new life into ancient techniques. In 1875 he bought a recently abandoned weavers school and retrieved its old, unused looms, which lead to the uncovering of traditional hand weaving techniques.


RISA and Bevilacqua share a common genesis: compelled to go against the grain to favour quality and skill-preservation against mass production, they merged tradition with innovation into a symbiotic artisanal practice.

In an era dominated by mass production, Bevilacqua remained steadfast in his belief in the value of artisanal craftsmanship. Embracing modern technology without sacrificing traditional methods, he pioneered new approaches to weaving, seamlessly blending old-world charm with contemporary flair. His dedication to preserving ancient techniques while pushing the boundaries of contemporary design has left an indelible mark on the fabric of artistry itself.


Luigi Bevilacqua’s legacy is not merely woven into the fabric of history; it is a living testament to the enduring power of artistry and innovation. His relentless dedication to excellence has elevated the craft of weaving to new heights, inspiring generations of artisans to follow in his footsteps. As we marvel at the intricate patterns and sumptuous textures of Bevilacqua’s creations, we are reminded that true mastery knows no bounds—and that the threads of innovation are endless.

Today, it is one of the only ancient textile fabric businesses that continue to weave with the same precious silk fabrics, soprarizzo velvets, garments made of gold, silver and silk

threads, brocatelles, damasks and velvets.

As one of only two remaining historical textiles factories in the Venice, it stands as a living legacy that requires our utmost support and preservation efforts.


TECHNIQUE


Central to Bevilacqua's process is the meticulous art of velvet weaving, a practice that has been synonymous with luxury and opulence for centuries. The journey begins with the careful selection of the finest materials. Bevilacqua sources only the highest quality silk, cotton, and metallic threads, ensuring that each fabric exudes a sense of luxury and refinement. These threads are then carefully dyed using time-honoured techniques, producing rich and vibrant colours that are a hallmark of Bevilacqua's creations.


Next comes the weaving process itself, a painstaking endeavour that requires precision and skill. Bevilacqua employs traditional hand-operated looms, every thread is carefully woven into place, creating a fabric that is as durable as it is beautiful. They are known for the soprarizzo: a velvet so rich and complex to make it takes the whole to produce only 30cm. But Bevilacqua's artistry doesn't stop there, they also incorporate cutting-edge technology into their process, blending old-world charm with contemporary innovation. Computer-aided design software allows them to experiment with new patterns and designs, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of weaving.


Bevilacqua's unique and exclusive fabrics grace the halls of important palaces and the runways of high fashion. But beyond their aesthetic beauty, Bevilacqua's fabrics are a testament to the enduring power of tradition and craftsmanship.


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