An Artisan’s view
Giulia Incipini, Weaver at Tessitura Bevilacqua

Tessitura Bevilacqua’s story is woven into the heart of Venice’s artisanal tradition, and the Bevilacqua family’s involvement in Venetian weaving dates back to 1499. Working on looms that date back to the eighteenth century recovered from the Serenissima Silk School, Tessitura Bevilacqua combine historical techniques and designs with a touch of modernity to create their iconic velvet textiles and damask Renaissance designs.

An Artisan’s view
Giulia Incipini, Weaver at Tessitura Bevilacqua

As an artisan, what is the most satisfying part of your craft?

Although the process is difficult and complicated, the most satisfying part of my job is looking back at what I’ve created, knowing the finished fabric in front of me was worth all the effort.

In this job you never stop learning. I’m currently learning the “Soprarizzo” technique, one of the most complex and time consuming manual velvet processes, and one that takes years to master. It’s done by hand on 18 looms which date back to the 18th century. They previously belonged to the silk guild of the Republic of Venice.

If you hadn’t been a textile weaver what other craft would you have pursued?

If I hadn’t been a weaver, I think I would have entered the world of Biomedical engineering. It was my passion! But I changed my mind when I did the internship at Bevilacqua, and experienced just what it was like to do this job. I fell in love with it immediately and have never looked back.

Alberto Bevilacqua, CEO

Why is craftsmanship important in today’s world?

Tessitura Bevilacqua is a legacy of the tradition that was vital to Venice for centuries. In the 1500s there were 6,000 looms in Venice, so thousands were involved in the production of velvet. In a world where everything is now mass-produced, it is especially precious to be able to craft unique pieces with love, wisdom and experience.

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