When fab­rics are mas­ter­pieces

For three cen­turies the Bevilac­qua fam­ily has handed down the art of weav­ing. Al­though its fab­rics are still wo­ven on 18th cen­tury looms, they can be or­dered with an App. The (in­cred­i­ble) his­tory of an es­tab­lish­ment that could only ex­ist in Venice.

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Tes­si­tura Bevilac­qua. The (in­cred­i­ble) his­tory of an es­tab­lish­ment that could only ex­ist in Venice

A n evoca­tive and fas­ci­nat­ing place; a form of crafts­man­ship that ex­em­pli­fies ar­ti­sanal skills and cul­ture. This busi­ness com­bines man­age­rial ex­per­tise and an­cient savoir faire. Th­ese are all part of Tes­si­tura Bevilac­qua, an es­tab­lish­ment that em­bod­ies the con­cept of Ital­ian ex­cel­lence to per­fec­tion. At its weav­ing work­shops, lo­cated in Venice’s historic cen­tre, metic­u­lously trained ar­ti­sans work on 18th cen­tury looms. The geo­met­ric or flo­ral pat­terns that dec­o­rate vel­vets and bro­cades are not im­i­ta­tions of an­tique fab­rics but the gen­uine ar­ti­cle. All of the fab­rics wo­ven by the com­pany are based on the orig­i­nal de­signs pre­served in the fam­ily’s archives: a cul­tural pat­ri­mony that could eas­ily be housed in a mu­seum but which, in­stead, is ap­plied to the ev­ery­day work­ing of fab­rics, based on the tra­di­tion of keep­ing the time-hon­oured her­itage of ar­ti­san­ship alive. The ori­gins of the busi­ness date back to the be­gin­ning of time and are in­ter­wo­ven with the age-old his­tory of the city, with its tra­di­tion of ar­ti­sans and mer­chants who crossed the seas, bring­ing back with them trea­sures that were ap­pre­ci­ated world-wide. True works of art just wait­ing to be trans­formed into gar­ments or ac­ces­sories, cur­tains or fur­nish­ings, ta­pes­tries or stage cos­tumes, Bevilac­qua’s fab­rics are also in great de­mand on in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. Now as then, all the stages of the work­ing process are ex­e­cuted by hand. Th­ese re­fined, hand wo­ven fab­rics are des­tined to dec­o­rate royal palaces, the­atres and homes through­out the world. Its fab­rics are so exquisite that even the ‘greats’ of fash­ion were un­able to re­sist them. A year ago, at the de­sign show in Mi­lan, a col­lec­tion of bags, the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bevilac­qua and ate­lier Pizzi­nato, was pre­sented for the first time. It goes with­out say­ing that, in this case as well, th­ese cre­ations were high­lighted by their unique, whim­si­cal flavour, serv­ing as ad­di­tional proof that weav­ing con­tin­ues to be a con­tem­po­rary art form that is ca­pa­ble of keep­ing pace with ev­er­chang­ing trends. In fact, rather than sac­ri­fic­ing any of its his­tory, it con­tin­ues to fo­cus on new ways to en­hance it. One such ex­am­ple is the Bevilac­qua App. This App, which can be down­loaded free-of-charge from iTunes, is de­signed to al­low users to leaf through its cat­a­logue and or­der a sam­ple di­rectly from their Iphone or Ipad. To­tally unique!

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