Villa Sucota, situated on the banks of Lake Como, along the Kilometre of Knowledge, the pedestrian road that connects the centuries-old parks of three historic villas in the first basin of Lario, is home to Fondazione Antonio Ratti (FAR).
Founded in 1985 in view of Antonio Ratti’s desire to turn his deep passion for art and textiles into an entity engaging in the world of culture, the Foundation, now chaired by his daughter Annie, is a place where culture is promoted and disseminated. Thanks to continuous collaborations with established artists, young talents, intellectuals, creative minds and scholars, Fondazione Antonio Ratti puts study and experimentation at the centre of its lively schedule. Over the years, the Foundation has become a point of reference for young Italian and international artists and for operators in the textile industry, an incubator of ideas and a place open to the city and the community thanks to a number of initiatives, meetings and exhibitions that with their visions, themes and language, have been able to involve not only sector professionals, but also the general public.
Fondazione Antonio Ratti’s textile collections
“Culture means entrusting to critical knowledge and transformation the immobility of what we inherit from the past and the present” (Antonio Ratti, 1990)
Aware that a successful industrial production cannot do without a strong cultural basis, Antonio Ratti promotes the textile world in all forms, from an attention to history and tradition in the various cultures of the world to a focus on the vision of new productive, technological and geopolitical frontiers.
With the Foundation, he creates a place to allow the community to benefit from his immense and valuable textile heritage, offering students, creative minds and Ratti’s customers the chance to come into contact with the over 400,000 antique fabrics he has collected.
From the Kuba fabrics of the Republic of Congo to the velvets of the Tuscan Renaissance, from the Coptic fragments of the Third century to the brocades of the French eighteenth century, from Indian and European cashmere shawls to the pattern books of companies of the Twentieth century, the textile collections of Fondazione Antonio Ratti are the expression of centuries of textile history and come from the most remote parts of the world. They are a source of study, knowledge and interpretation of the present.