Ilario has returned to his roots. He was captivated by the loom and the craft of weaving when he was just 15 years watching the Mahatma Gandhi.
He studied textile technology and engineering in Milan before commencing his career in protection and creation of fine woven textiles. He has spent 45 years immersed in the technology of the Jacquard and related looms, learning and perfecting the techniques of the great craftsmen.
Now Ilario has created company with his past students, run a cultural association and teach this great craft of the past 500 years. He is a Rinascimento man placed at the entrance to the 21st century.
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Cartigliano lies on the north bank of the river Brenta, just at the start of the flatland. Throughout the middle ages, the area around Cartigliano was very attractive to the various marauding hordes, ending with the Hungarians. After the discovery of the Chinese silkworm, it became a major centre for silk. The current town hall was built as a pseudo Palladian villa just before 1600 for the family Morisini who could view from it over 1000 fields, plus mills and factories for converting the efforts of the silkworm into luxurious cloth.