Bevilacqua welcomes visitors for a guided tour of the weaving mill. Participants will have the chance to visit the ancient weaving mill, discover the 18th century jacquard hand looms in action and the original tools of the manufacturing process, like the famous warping machine. The highlight of the tour will be the weaving of the unique and precious soprarizzo Venetian velvet. Some secrets of the art of weaving will be explained – including the main differences between jacquard fabrics – before a presentation of important projects for interiors and fashion in the elegant showroom overlooking the Grand Canal.
Preserving the ancient touch of precious woven fabricsTessitura Luigi Bevilacqua is a family textile business whose roots date back to the Renaissance. The business was officially founded in 1875 and named after its founder whose textiles adorn the walls of ancient castles and aristocratic homes. It is the last remaining weaving mill still active in the historical heart of the city. They are famous for their soprarizzo velvet, a traditional Venetian fabric with two different types of pile – curly and cut. They also weave damasks, brocades, silks, satins and tapestries using time-honoured weaving techniques. Today, the family are still dedicated to keeping the Venetian artisanal weaving tradition alive. When Emanuele Bevilacqua joined the family business in 1998, he set about restoring and reinstating the original 18th century wooden looms from Venice’s old Silk Guild. Using these vintage machines, the skilled weavers of Bevilacqua recreate 18th century fabrics for international clients.
A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.Listen
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