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Como: The Silk City

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Luxury silk scarves, foulards, ties; Lake Como is not only famous for its amazing landscapes and medieval villages, it is also well known for its silk.

Como produces 95% of Italian silk and big designers such as Armani, Valentino and Chanel rely on the expertise of its silk houses.

Como's silk tradition began in the fifteenth century when the Duke of Milan decided to plant Mulberry trees in the area obliging farmers to grow them even though they did not know how to. But he never imagined that this was the start of a timeless craft tradition. Two centuries later Como was already renown for its colourful silk products.

Silk is made by silkworms who feed exclusively on mulberry leaves and produce a very fine thread whilst they wrap themselves into it and form a cocoon. This thread is unwinded and strengthened then the silk is transformed into fabric, dyed and printed with unique designs.