Como is famous in the world for its lake, for the beauty of its historic center and of its villas, for having given birth to the scientist Alessandro Volta, but also for its industries and for its vocation to trade and in particular for its silk fabrics. For centuries the production of fabrics serum was the prerogative of the China: the famous “Silk Road” was a set of routes by land, sea and river transport of about 8000 km on which winds the commerce of the precious fabric between the Roman Empire and the Chinese empire.
The production of silk and in particular the Italian one and Como, was in many cases even driver for the industrial revolution, with the construction of ever new machinery (mechanization of the frames) and the development of trade and of many small “The Silk Roads” communities.
Up to the early twentieth century farmers of the area were in many cases also rearers, but between the two world wars the production of cocoons begins to decline due to the diffusion of synthetic fibers and the flight from the countryside to the city. The production of the raw material had a strong bending but the processing of the fabric continued to prosper despite various ups and downs, with moments fulgides, as in 1972 when the city lariana gained primacy absolute productive overcoming China and Japan.
In the eighties and early nineties, Como came to be perhaps the most important “silk city” of the world reference point for all the biggest claws of fashion and the major producers of clothing.