The lost world of silk mills

Clerici Tessuto - Silk mills

Clerici Tessuto has the pleasure of sharing with you an historical video on work in silk mills realized by Stucchi and Tessile Operati’s property.

Silk mills were factories for processing and spinning silk, buildings with high ceilings and big windows, built by water streams used for motive power as well as for swilling tanks.

The breeding of silk worms had been largely widespread since the ninth century as particular features of climate and ground provided the growth of mulberry tree and silkworm with good life conditions.

Cocoons picked up by farmers and brought to the mill, were dried up in the oven so that the heat could kill the chrysalis to avoid the puncture of the cocoon and through many working procedures were transformed into yarn, as video shows.

The processing of silk carried out in the mills reached the best qualitative levels in Como area and represents an important period of transition between rural and industrial economy.

It was a hard work, carried out mostly by young women named “filerine or filandere or filerande” working shifts were very heavy, from 12 to 16 hours a day, with hard controls on quantity and quality of worked product.

This heavy work, mostly feminine, has nowadays disappeared from Como and Italian textile world as well as silkworm breeding.

We consider important to preserve and hand down a process so important for the birth of modern Como textile industry which has deeply characterized social and family life in our area.

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