The key ingredient to beautiful Italian clothes

When asked about fashion in Italy, I know exactly where to begin: the quality of the fabric. And the video by Luigi Bevilacqua Tessitura you have just viewed says it all. 

Whenever I wear a Made in Italy item of clothing I seem to score a compliment or two. The question "Where did you get that?” is often followed by an "Of course!". Because if they want to own one of those items, the word is ‘Italy’.  

Luckily, Italian brands export their goods internationally, thus giving everyone hope they can own a Made in Italy.

What is so extraordinary about Italian fabric?

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Just looking at these sites, makes me want to pick up sewing: Tessuti Shop, Vitale Barberis Canonico, Angelico

I’m no expert of the techniques for creating amazing fabric, but some masters of sartorialita` (the art of tailoring) can bring us some enlightenment. According to Luciano Lastrucci (site in Italian only) there are 3 methods for creating fabric: 

Incollaggio (lit. gluing): this method consists of gluing premade textile components. With this approach, we are assured to forgo any flexibility, softness and thus beauty of the fabric.

Semi intelaiatura: (lit. half framed) some premade fabric components are assembled with fresh new threads.

Sartorialità: (lit. tailoring) where all threads are threaded from scratch, resulting in malleability, softness, quality, strength, durability and versatility. With this method, fabrics are flexible enough to contour the body and can ‘breathe’.

If you want to immerse yourself in the world and history of fabrics, Luigi Bevilacqua (site both Italian and English) is one of the best sites I have come across. Through amazing information, images, and videos we discover the origins of the art of luxury fabric and silk, how to thread, what damask is and much more.

And for those planning a trip to Italy, don’t forget to check out the Museums on textiles, where you can travel from the origin of this beautiful art to the modern creations of artisans who understood and perfected textiles.

My suggestion for an Italian wardrobe?

When travelling to Italy, ALWAYS leave your suitcase HALF EMPTY. The few clothes you pack could be mostly monochrome (black or white, for example), thus easy to match with bright scarves and jewellery. This trick will guarantee you to return home with a suitcase HALF FULL  of Italian items.

Elisabetta

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