Who we are
Immersed in the lush green of the Florentine hills, we champion the ancient traditions of hand-weaving silk with gold and silver. Our spaces are dominated by great late 19th-century hand-operated looms, the ideal ‘machines’ for creating exclusive fabrics under the skilful hands of master weavers who still work just as hand-weavers have for centuries. We promote the art of weaving by offering targeted teaching activities and professional certification courses that unite theory and practice to provide full-round, impeccable training.
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the annual courses calendar

Scheduled courses - Textile Arts School Lisio Foundation

Our Art School teaches textile skills at every level, from the basic to the highly specialised, with study programs concentrating on both ancient and contemporary textiles. Training comprises theoretical lessons – identification, technical analysis, basic concepts – and practical aspects such as design, weaving, restoration and embroidering. Our annual course calendar is constantly being updated; we also plan customised courses to meet the training needs of public and private entities.

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Applications for 2019/21 will close in December 7th, 2019

Historical tailoring for pegeant and performance (Biannual Course)

The two-year advanced training course is addressed to defining a new professional figure uniting various skill, from costume design and tailoring, for the theatre and historical re-enactments, to philological reconstruction for historic costuming.

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waiting for the new edition in September

1st level Master "Textile - Creation of Art Fabrics"

1st level academic Master in Textiles – Creation of Art Fabrics: 1500 hours for learning to design and hand-produce precious fabrics. The course opens the way to collaborative working relationships in the ancient textiles restoration sector and in construction of costumes for the stage and film. The course foresees internships and apprenticeships at companies and at textile museums.

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our magazine about textile culture

"Jacquard. Pagine di Cultura Tessile" Magazine

A reference for textile culture, Jacquard. Pagine di cultura tessile provides a forum for scholars who conduct research and investigation in various fields of study relating to ancient and contemporary textiles: fabrics, embroideries, laces, tapestries, costumes and traditional regional textile productions.

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each piece a one-off creation, unique in the world

Preciously Paris X Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio

Carole Tessier is no longer concerned with making collections, instead expressing herself through exclusive hand-woven materials, without budget concerns, from exquisite fabrics by the Fondazione Arte Della Seta Lisio Firenze to the embroidery adorning these precious pieces is the DNA of Preciously Paris.

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three new hand-operated looms for the solid-colour velvet and the gold ‘teletta’ fabric

The Royal Palace of Dresden: Historic Textile Reconstruction

Since 2016, Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio has been participating in the project for reconstructing the textiles in the ceremonial halls of the royal apartment of Augustus II ‘the Strong’ in Dresden: upwards of 400 metres of crimson-red solid-colour silk velvet and about 100 metres of drap d'or (gold ‘teletta’). All, it goes without saying, woven by hand. 

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