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 also 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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exclusive Jacquard hand-weaving

Our Velvets and Brocades

The Lisio Foundation Manufacture continues to draw from the historical archive, proposing new color and structure experiments, creating each time absolutely unique and contemporary fabrics.

Available Lampas, Damasks and Brocatelle

A selection of Lisio's designs, taken from our historical archive, and woven as "lampas", "damask" or "brocatelle" techniques, available in many metres and different colors.

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. 

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. 

‘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.

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.

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.