The new production of the ancient Borbone silk

borbone_silkWhat have in common Buckingham Palace, the White House and Italian government palaces as Quirinale and Palazzo Chigi?

The San Leucio’s silk produced in the Antico Opificio Serico.

The heritage of King Ferdinand still survives today in the local silk and textile manufacturing companies, working for an elite of foreign clients such as the Buckingham Palace, the White House, Quirinale Palace and Palazzo Chigi.
The Belvedere of San Leucio owns a Living Silk Museum with some original ancient looms and machinery restored and displayed inside the Belvedere courtyard, showing all the phases of silk production.

The ancient silk factory, founded in 1776, closed few years ago for bankruptcy but now it is back running thanks to a group of Caserta entrepreneurs who have decided to revive the silk production, even adding a research laboratory and a factory of fiber components.

The operation is a real cultural challenge that emphasizes the link between past and present, between tradition and modernity, employing twenty people in the production and making use of the mastery of experts who will provide expertise and professionalism.

Since 1997 San Leucio resort is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in Europe as part of the Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli and the San Leucio Complex. Since 1999 during the summer at San Leucio the Leuciana Festival is held, to promote the Belvedere of San Leucio and its park.

Handmade figurines for the Neapolitan Christmas

Visiting Nativity scene artisans and workshops in Naples

It is Christmas time and in Italy there’s the tradition to recreate the Nativity scene next to the Christmas tree, so I decided to visit Naples where there are the grandest and most peculiar artifacts.

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