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Textiles & Sustainability

Natural products from the territory in respect of the environment and traditional techniques of artisan textile and clothing manufacturing.

Filati - GianniniThe micro weaving factory created by the project Tessile & Sostenibilità (Textiles & Sustainability) demonstrates that sustainable textiles can be a means of progress and innovation, environmental conservation, valorization of the territory and of its natural resources, support of the art trades and respect on the part of the final customer.

This project, launched by Ibimet – CNR and by Fondazione per il Clima e la Sostenibilità (FCS) involves the production and the different phases of artisan workmanship of a textile from the collection of the raw material until the final clothing piece.

The highly technological means made available by Ibimet – CNR and by Fondazione per il Clima e la Sostenibilità (FCS) give birth to a project in respect of tradition on one side and of innovation on the other.

Respect of the environment and preservation of the “know-how”, innovation and traceability of the product as a guaranty of production quality.

Filati - GianniniThe first phase of the micro weaving factory takes place in the agricultural areas of Tuscany, with its traditional natural fibres like wool, cotton, linen and hemp and with less traditional fibres, still in phase of experimentation, such as broom and nettle.
The second and third phases are respectively those of spinning and weaving, in which the raw material is transformed in a thread and the thread becomes a cloth.  Cloths then get to the factory, where they are masterfully transformed into clothes by expert hands. Those hands collect, weave and sew, and by doing this they create an ecofriendly and natural product, a sustainable textile.

Textile production acquires its own identity, a high quality standard and the use of the final product is pleasing for all kinds of skin, the natural manufacture is indeed free from skin-contact allergenic products.

Technical and scientifical studies on the Project:

  • Agro-geological studies for the assessment of the ground and of the fibre and dyeing plants.
  • Technical analysis of the skin reaction in contact with textiles
  • Measurement of the heat resistance and transpiration of the textiles
  • Ecological and biological tests


Ethical studies:

  • The Project gives textile manufacturing a more human dimension through the valorization of creativity and the relationship with the environment


Formal studies:

  • Design and aesthetics


The degenerative aspects of globalization such as important climatic changes that are already taking place and their consequent dangers, together with a bad management of the environment, require a moment to think over textile sustainability.

Textile is what we wear, what we live in, sleep in and eat in in our homes.

The use of textile products represents an investment for the future. The damages of an ill environment, the costs for cleaning it up and the disposal of garbage deriving from not sustainable products will provoke important negative effects on the environment on a medium and long term.

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