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.
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!