The city
of Como

Discovering silk craftsmanship "Made in Como"

by Ufficio italiano Seta & Como Silk Museum

“The city of Como is the only one that maintains the know-how of silk in Italy. Two precious qualities are attributed to the workers of Como: intelligence in their work and ingenuity. They are skilled in their art and do not tolerate imperfection in the work they produce”, wrote one of the great pioneers of the Lombardy silk industry, Pietro Pinchetti, at the end of the 19th century, after having completed his textile studies in 1858 in Lyon.

Como returns to the “city of lights” with an exhibition that tells the story of how culture, art and creativity, linked to the world of silk, made the “city of Lario” [referring to the name Larius given to Como in ancient Rome] one of the world’s leading producers of this precious fabric.

In the Tony Garnier room, you can admire an exhibition presented a few months ago at the Como Silk Museum: “History of the tie, man’s backbone”.

The exhibition highlights one of the most representative products of the Lombardy territory: the tie. Until the end of the 20th century, 80% of European production came from the Como silk district. The tie has evolved through the ages and may have undergone changes in meaning.

From a selection of “Made In Come” ties, discover all the steps of the realization, from the naked tie to its more original inclinations, thanks to the use of amazing materials like wood. Whether they are printed, plain, thin or oversized, they remain an excellent vector of personality expression.

See you from 17 to 20 November 2022 at the Palais de la Bourse in Lyon!


Our partner City in the spotlight :

Ufficio italiano seta is the association representing the Italian silk industrial district, based in Como, the historic cradle of silk. A component of Sistema Moda Italia, it brings together around 70 companies, based between Milan and Como, which contribute to the prestige of Italian design and Made in Italy and supply the major French and Italian luxury houses.

Ufficio italiano seta & Intersoie

Silk is part of the identity and the cultural and industrial heritage of our respective cities. Today, our silk industries, both in Comasca and Lyon, have strong assets such as know-how and creation. We have been exchanging and collaborating for a long time, notably through our professional associations, on common issues, linked to the internationalisation of our activities, to our common challenges such as quality, raw silk supply, sustainable development and the promotion of silk, the queen of fibres.