by Paola Marabelli
"Fidalma Lisio e l'Arte della Seta", in MCM La Storia delle Cose, Maria Cristina de Montemayor Editore, Firenze, n.97, settembre 2012, pp. 42-44.
Photos and documents are from the Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio Historical Archive, Florence
 In 1906 Giuseppe Lisio founded the Arte della Seta manufactory in Florence and opened the shop in Via de' Fossi. Later he opened shops in Rome in Via Sistina (1911) and Milan in Via Manzoni (1924); towards the end of the 1920s he moved the workshop to Milan in a building he had erected to serve both as their home and the weaving mill. (1906-2006 Cento anni di tessuti Lisio, curated by Paola Marabelli and Serena Venturi, Prato 2006).
 Production stopped and all the shops closed.
 “…I made an in-depth evaluation of the negative side that left me in doubt, in throwing myself into this venture, i.e., my no longer young age and total inexperience in the world of factory work and sales …but I felt I had a mission to accomplish so I followed the call…” F.Lisio, Conferenza alle ex alunne del Sacro Cuore, September 1981, in “A Fidalma Lisio” file attached to “Jacquard”, no. 46, 2001, p. 4.
 October 7, 1958, laying of the first stone of the building that was known as "la fabbrica"; July 24, 1959, inauguration of the Salone dei Telai; the workshop in Milan closed, all the looms and equipment (such as the warping and mechanical winding machines) were transferred to the new complex in Florence; March 19, 1960, inauguration of the completed manufactory and laying of the first stone of the church dedicated to Santa Maria della Seta.
 C. Torti, L’ultimo villaggio operaio conosciuto: il setificio Lisio di Ponte a Ema, in “Jacquard”, no. 63, 2009, pp. 32-35; L. Amenta, S. Cavallini, R. Giacomini, La Manifattura Lisio: un’imprenditrice e un villaggio industriale, in “Jacquard”, no. 63, 2009, pp. 36-40.
 F.Lisio, Conferenza…, see p. 5.
 F. Ortona, Omaggio a Fidalma Lisio, in “A Fidalma Lisio”, see pp. 2-3.
 Presidential Decree no.1402, published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale no. 89 on 5 April 1972 (Government Acts, Register 248, sheet 4).
 The Fondazione Lisio now boasts another important title: it has obtained Accreditation from the Region of Tuscany as a Training Body (Official Bulletin of the Region of Tuscany no. 29 - 18 July 2012); in this way its training courses organised and activated with organic teaching plans according to the regional directives, are officially recognised.