Silk production in Como began in the fifteenth century and was brought to Europe from the Far East. The Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza – also known as “the Moor”, because of his dark complexion and because of the mulberry or “murun”, as they say in the local dialect of Como – provided a decisive input to silk production and forced farmers to plant mulberry fields, since silkworms eat only mulberry leaves.
Within a few decades, the traditional wool production in Como was replaced by silk: people started to breed silkworms and process silk fiber. As a result, in the 17th century Italy and Como became the centers of excellence for the production of beautifully designed and colored fabrics. The whole of Europe bowed to such beauty.
The Industrial Revolution, which lasted from the 18th century to the first half of the 19th century, contributed to spreading twisting and spinning machines throughout the Como area. A class of modern entrepreneurs, capable of creating a new culture, emerged. The “Art Textiles” by Guido Ravasi, winner of awards at international exhibitions of decorative arts, were used to dress queens and popes and decorate the homes of leading figures in the financial, political and cultural sectors. The fame of silks made in Como crossed all boundaries. Antonio Ratti was born in 1915. In 1945, he founded the “Tessitura Serica Antonio Ratti”. That was the beginning of our Company.
Como, the City and world capital of silk, is a community of entrepreneurs, artists, skilled workers, designers, craftsmen and work enthusiasts at all levels. Como boosts a genuine and widespread culture of silk, it is proud of its know how, sophistication and ability to pass down skills and expertise to future generations. Como is a point of reference for all the most important fashion designers and clothing manufacturers.