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.

At the Heart of the Lisio Tradition

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The Art of Hand-Weaving in Silk

Manufactory of Excellence

Our production activity centre on those types of fabrics that manifest effects with no equals in industrial production, such as brocades and figured, ciselé and polychrome velvets. 

our fabrics in the world

Our Exclusive Distributors

Our fine fabrics are available abroad at "Turnell & Gigon", our exclusive distributor for United Kindom, "Catherine Mabire" our agent in France," WWTS" our agents in Russia and "Marcello Boss", agent in United States.

our magazine about textile culture

Publications: "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.

‘The Renaissance and Rebirth’ by D&G

Brocades Arte della Seta Lisio Foundation for Dolce&Gabbana

Florentine Artisans and their extraordinary pieces protagonists of Dolce&Gabbana special event: ‘The Renaissance and Rebirth’. Among its stars, the Dolce&Gabbana team of artisans counts Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio with brocades personally selected by Domenico Dolce for the precious creations seen at the D&G runway shows.

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. 

How to Support our Foundation

Celebrating Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio’s 50 Years with a Limited Edition Bronze Medal

1971-2021. Fondazione Lisio’s ‘Golden Anniversary’. A true covenant of love for fabrics in silk and gold and silver and the unique art of weaving them, by hand, with a master’s touch. An arrangement that has endured unaltered for fifty years and which, today, merits celebration in an equally lasting manner, with a splendid commemorative medal that can double as a good luck charm as we face the difficult challenges of tomorrow.