is the silk capital of Europe. There is a silk museum here
produces 91% of all the silk produced in Europe.
Among the famous fashion houses
who commission silk materials from Ratti are
Versace, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferré,
Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Romeo Gigli, Loewe,
Bulgari, Gucci and Paloma Picasso.
Foundation ~ Silk Museum
The Textile Studio Museum (or MuST meaning Museo Studio del Tessuto)
was officially founded in 1998 as a result of a transformation process
of the private collection of antique textiles
collected by Antonio Ratti over a period of forty years.
MuST pursues the dual objective of preserving the impressive historical heritage
and of rendering it public by means of research, study and communication.
The collection - which includes approximately 3500 individual pieces
and more than 2200 sample books amounting to a total of 400,000 samples -
can count on historically diverse and particularly significant groups of textiles.
Among them, the most important are:
18th century woven silks
Japanese woven silks
In addition to themed collections MuST also contains
numerous rare and valuable pieces,
such as a number of Chinese and Japanese painted and printed silks,
several garments from Central Asia and Japan,
and an exceptionally rare Chinese velvet from the Ming Dynasty.
Following are a couple of examples.
Important collection of 18th century woven silks
includes damasks, lampasses, gold and silver brocaded grounds,
produced by the main silk centres in the 18th century:
Lyon, Venice and Spitalfields
Important collection of Silk Velvets
ranging from the 15th century cut and uncut pile,
often brocaded with gold wefts,
up through the centuries to the chiffon-velvets of the 1920's.
1995, FAR set up the Antonio Ratti Textile Center