Fondazione Lisio silkmill Florence

The art of jacquard weaving

The art of jacquard weaving is the profession of the silk weaving mill Fondazione Lisio in Florence. A more than 100 year old institution for production of brokat, verlvet and other handwoven jacquards and an international production- and schooling place.

The Fondazione Lisio, situated between the hills south border from Florence owns schoolingrooms with 5 handjacquards, warped with silk for damast, doublecloth, lampas and velvet. Available are also 3 punching machines, computerlab with Pointcareé software for preparing the bindings and yarn stock with silk. Part of the programm are courses like introduction in jacquard weaving, brokat, historic  textiles and digital jacquarddesign. With some universities in Europe and USA there are cooperations. The Fondazione Lisio is specialised in patterned cutted velvet, brocat, taqueté, lampas and damast for customers all over the world. Included costumes for theater and film, interiors for castles and museums, privat customers, royal and aristocratic houses and clerical institutions. The spectrum includes the reconstruction, reproduction and restauring of historic textles.

The history of Fondazione Lisio reaches back to 1906 founder Guiseppe Lisio and his daughter Fidalma, founder of the schooling institution. In the Lisio history there were custumers like Liz Taylor, Sofia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, the Warner-Brother-Filmstudios, Hèrmes, Versace, Armani and filmcostumes for part 3 of The Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp. Twice a year Fondazione Lisio publishes the magasin „Jacquard“.

The course-group was international and inspiring from New York, India, London, Scotland. Eva Basile started with a step into the theorie of patterns and details from examples. Than there was the discussion of the designs, reworking, punching and sewing cards and weaving on the five handjaquards with silk warps.

The last day at Pitti Filati with trendshow and yarn research in the field of knitting yarn, that are also possible for weaving. Special cashmere, merino and some japanese delieverers with specialities. Some international textile universities presented their works. Also some exibitors in the field of books and trends.

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