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.
The first stage in the lengthy process of production of a hand-woven velvet or brocade is preparation of the hand-operated loom.
A total of eleven steps are required: from dyeing of the silk – carried out only and exclusively in Italy – to creation of the Jacquard cards, to threading the loom for the ground warp (preparation of the spools, creation of the warp and rolling on the back beam) to preparation of the bobbins for the pile warp (according to loom type, from 800 to about 3600 bobbins).
The knotting of the warps – for both the ground and the pile – is carried out entirely by hand, thread by thread.
The entire process requires extreme precision and concentration on the part of the weaver; by tradition, besides being the final creator of the velvet or brocade, he is also the person who prepares the loom
We weave our fabrics only on late 19th-century hand-operated Jacquard looms.
The weaver’s hand is fundamental to fabric creation: punctilious attention to design, selection of the precious yarns and precise workmanship are the elements that set our manufactory apart and make all our products exclusive examples of artisan excellence.
The exclusive quality that characterises the Fondazione Lisio fabrics comes from our research, taken to the nth degree, into the aesthetic and technical qualities that go into producing a final product of indisputable beauty.
Beauty that derives from extreme attention to choice of materials and weaving techniques; beauty that derives from care in creation of the design, in preparation of the loom and in the weaving itself, which is carried on at the slow rhythms beaten by the ancient hand-operated looms.
To describe how many-sided and complicated production of precious hand-woven fabrics is means to transmit to a public much more vast than the close-knit circle of experts in the field, an awareness of a heritage of creation and production skills made of equal parts of conception and design expertise and practical knowhow, by providing that public with the tools for truly appreciating and recognising just what lies behind a glorious artistic craft and behind the finished products produced by its practitioners.