The Crossroads of Art – Silk Manufacturing in Como
The Italian city of Como is a place of timeless beauty, surrounded by stunning landscapes and steeped in the history of silk production. For the Ilona Tambor brand, Como is not only where we get our silk from, but also the home of the skilled craftsmen who create them. From the raw silk, imported from distant lands, to the final product hand-finished in Como, our scarves are where Italian workmanship meets the passion of art and design of the brand.
Living history, today
During my visit to Como, I had the opportunity to explore the city’s silk history at the Museo della Seta di Como, a museum dedicated to the history of silk production in Como. The museum’s exhibits showcased the entire process of silk production, from the breeding of silkworms to the finished product. I was struck by the amount of work and dedication that goes into the production of silk, and it was amazing to learn that raw silk is still imported from countries like Uzbekistan and China, just as it was centuries ago.
At Museo della Seta, I was amazed to learn that silk production in Como dates back to the 15th century – when silk was introduced to the area by traders from the East. The museum showcased the entire silk production process, from the breeding of silkworms to the final product. It was fascinating to learn that the raw silk is imported from countries like Uzbekistan and China and then prepared in Italy before it is used for fabric printing.
Silk craftsmanship – Art made tangible
After my tour of the museum, I visited our manufacturer’s workshop, where our scarves are sewn, manufactured, and hand-finished. It was a humbling experience to meet the people behind the production of our scarves. They are true craftsmen who have dedicated their entire lives to the art of silk manufacturing. I was struck by the amount of skill, patience, and attention to detail required to make each scarf.
Our cooperation with local craftsmen – who have extensive knowledge of silk manufacturing, hand-rolling edges, and other techniques – is what further sets the Ilona Tambor brand apart from others. These techniques are only possible with the expertise of experienced artisans who have honed their craft over many years. It is not only about creating beautiful and unique designs but also about supporting the local community and promoting fair labour. We are proud to support the artisans who are keeping the art of silk production alive.
Sustaining expertise through cooperation – silk scarves Como
At Ilona Tambor, we recognise the importance of sustainability and strive to promote responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices. We believe that it is our responsibility as a fashion brand to reduce our environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable future. We believe in responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices. Our scarves are made from the finest quality silk, which is a natural and biodegradable material. We also ensure that our production process has a minimal environmental impact.
The uniqueness of each Ilona Tambor hand-illustrated design and the amazing craftsmanship make our silk scarves stand out. Each scarf is a work of art, with its own story and character – from processing to design. We believe that our scarves are not just accessories but a reflection of the Ilona Tambor vision, as well as your personality and individual style.
Visiting Como and our manufacturer was an enlightening experience offering me a deeper appreciation for the intricate art of silk production. Our brand is committed to supporting local craftsmen, promoting fair labour, and sustainable practices. Our scarves are not just fashion accessories but an expression of the art, culture, and heritage of all the people and cultures that come together and help make them a reality.
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