From the 15th century, Italy emerged as the West’s greatest maker of silk velvets. Silk guilds produced exquisite fabrics that were worth their weight in gold, and dressed popes, kings and their courts. The fortunes made from this important trade helped to fuel the Renaissance and to finance the opulence of Italy’s greatest cities, notably Venice and Florence.
This tour, specially organized for TSA members, will explore the historic, technical and artistic foundations of this uniquely influential and intricate textile form. Limited to just 15 participants, the small group will have rare access to small family ateliers – some of which have been in operation since the 1800’s – as well collections of contemporary designers.
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