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Lake Como's Mulberry silk fabrics

A long tradition of elegance and charm

What is silk?

Silk is a natural fiber known for its luster, shine, strength, and durability. Silk is the epitome of luxury, has a soft feel, elegant appearance, and is therefore a popular textile in high-end and couture fashion design. Silk is produced by insects as a material for their nests and cocoons. There are several types of insects that produce silk, including silkworms (the most common type of silk), beetles, honey bees, bumble bees, hornets, weaver ants, and many more.


The Hidden Elegance of Como Mulberry Silk

Despite the fact that silk has been part of Como's existence for over 4,000 years, along with beautiful landscapes, amazing gardens and medieval villages, this Italian industry seems to be a closely guarded secret to many.

Como supplies refined silks to the fashion houses of Milan, Paris and New York, as well as designers around the world such as Yves St Laurent, Karl Lagerfield, Chanel, Armani, Hermes, Ferre, Valentino, Versace and Ungaro. Silk from Lake Como is known for its quality, refinement and elegance.

Como Silk: Where Nature, Culture, and Craftsmanship Converge


It is believed that the reason why Como became the heart of silk production is twofold; firstly, there was ample water supply from Lake Como and the nearby northern Alpine streams and secondly, Mulberry cultivation - the silk produced by silk worms on Mulberry trees is known as 'Mulberry silk - flourished in the Po Valley to the south. The culture and passion for beauty may also have something to do with Como's success; a fine fabric calls for a beautiful landscape, and the sweeping Swiss peaks and sparkling Lake Como make up this pleasing backdrop.



Crafting Como Silk: A Journey of Artistry and Precision

From silkworm breeding to spinning, hoarding, weaving and finally dyeing, printing and finishing, the whole process is quite complex and takes time.


Each fabric is a work of art designed by contemporary artists that requires technique, precision, manual skills and creativity to be unique in color and design.

Mulberry Silk: A Symphony of Luxury, Comfort, and Elegance

Mulberry silk, also known as cultivated silk, stands out as one of the most exquisite fabrics renowned for its unparalleled quality and luxurious feel. Derived from the silkworm Bombyx mori, which exclusively feeds on the leaves of mulberry trees, this silk variety embodies a unique combination of smoothness, softness, and sensuousness.

Mulberry silk offers a comforting embrace, thanks to its natural hypoallergenic properties, which make it ideal for those with sensitive skin. Its anti-bacterial attributes further enhance its appeal by providing a clean and hygienic fabric option. Mulberry silk exhibits remarkable thermoregulating capabilities, ensuring optimal comfort by keeping the wearer cool in warm climates and warm in colder conditions.

Beyond its tactile pleasures, Mulberry silk is also known to nourish the skin, offering a soothing touch that indulges the senses. 

Mulberry silk transcends mere fabric, embodying a harmonious blend of sophistication and functionality. It's a testament to craftsmanship and nature's finesse, cherished by those who seek the epitome of luxury and comfort.

Different Grades of Mulberry Silk

Grade A silk sets the standard for premium quality. With its long, lustrous strands and a pristine pearl-white hue, it's the epitome of luxury. Catching the light with a radiant sheen, each silk thread can stretch for miles in its natural state, a marvel of nature's engineering. Lightweight and airy, when crafted into fabric, Grade A silk ensures breathability and a silky-smooth touch.


Within Grade A, there are six distinct varieties, ranging from 6A to A, each representing a different level of excellence. At the top of the hierarchy sits Grade 6A, renowned for its unparalleled quality. As with any sought-after commodity, the price of top-tier silk mirrors its exceptional attributes.

Grade B silk typically yields shorter strands of silk floss compared to Grade A. While its color may resemble that of premium Grade A silk, it tends to contain more clumps, resulting in a textured unevenness and the formation of air pockets.

Comfort-wise, Grade B falls short, offering a slightly rougher feel. It lacks the natural luminosity characteristic of Grade 6A silk. Despite this, Grade B finds widespread use in the fashion industry, particularly in garments like sarees, kurtas, and kaftans.

Grade C silk represents the innermost layer, closest to the cocoon. It exhibits a yellowish tint with brown speckles, akin to cotton in texture. The silk's roughness is palpable, with short floss strands that lack natural sheen and feel lumpy to the touch. Moreover, Grade C silk is less breathable compared to its counterparts.

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