Printed fabrics are assumed to be originating in a small town: Macclesfield, situated in Cheshire country in England. This town was considered the biggest fabrics producer around the 1750. Four silk museums offer a wild range of information and products from that period.
Silk fabrics were initially executed only at home and a real industry developed only after the coming of the printing machines.
Paradise Mill is a mill-museum that explains the art of weaving and the art of silk at the public.
During history Como has managed to gain the primacy taking it away to Lyon, that was the first competitor and direct successor of the English fabrics.
Between 1910 and 1920, after years of research, thanks to an incredible effort of the whole city, Como printing has managed to surpass Lyon and have primacy in the world as almost the only manufacturer of printed silk fabrics.
Around Como valley, at the end of the last century, hundreds of companies have been developed making Como area unique. Weaving, printing houses, dyeing, preparations, finishing, steaming, spinning mills, warping, sericulture, studies of designs, polishers, engravers and of course all the craftsmen who transformed the precious fabrics into luxury products for women and men. This is the story of printing and of the textile district of Como silk.
The strength of printed designs lies in being able to have no limits in creativity. The quality of the texture is achieved through long and careful manufacturing processes that make Como fabrics unique. Softness, opacity, refinement and compactness are only few qualities of the printed fabric.
The successful outcome of a printed fabrics is due to multiple factors.
In the museum of silk in Como are stored the witnesses of Como textile tradition, such as machinery, objects, documents, samples and work tools coming from the 1900 factories.