CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1936
Ravasi, Como, Italia, EUROPA

CARTA PROVA
1950—1960
Francia, EUROPA

FRAMMENTO, di pezza
1850—1900

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1960—1970
Francia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1958
Brochier & Fils, Lione, Francia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1865—1870
Lione, Francia, EUROPA

NASTRO
1908—1910
Francia, EUROPA


1958
Ravasi, Como, Italia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1924
Chavent Père & Fils, Lione, Francia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1880—1885
Francia, EUROPA

FRAMMENTO, di pezza
1700—1899
Giappone, ESTREMO ORIENTE

FRAMMENTO, di sciarpa
1907—1908
Klipfel & Courbon, St. Etienne, Francia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1864—1865
Chavent Père & Fils, Lione, Francia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1960
Brochier & Fils, Lione, Francia, EUROPA

CARTA PROVA
1925—1927
André et Jacques Chavent, Lione, Francia, EUROPA

SCIALLE, rettangolare
1795—1805
India, ESTREMO ORIENTE

NASTRO
1879
Charles Rebour, St. Etienne, Francia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1866—1867
Chavent Père & Fils, Lione, Francia, EUROPA

DISEGNO, per tessuto
Invalid date
Antonio Ratti, Como, Italia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1932
Brochier & Fils, Lione, Francia, EUROPA

NASTRO
1860—1885
St. Etienne, Francia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1934—1939
Brochier & Fils, Lione, Francia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1920—1925
Ravasi, Como, Italia, EUROPA

CAMPIONE/CAMPIONI
1959
disegno di Emilio Pucci, Ravasi, Como, Italia, EUROPA

About the collection

The textile collection of the Fondazione Antonio Ratti is one of the most remarkable in Italy. Originally started in the 1950s by Antonio Ratti as a source of inspiration for his designs, it continues to expand and charm new generations of creatives.

The collection is a unique resource that tells the textile histories of different continents and eras, spanning from the third to the twentieth century. It now counts more than 3300 textile fragments among which are Coptic and Indigenous American textiles, Italian velvets, Indian and European cashmere shawls, French silks, Congolese Kuba cloths, Central Asian ikats, Alsatian printed cottons and Japanese kimonos. In addition, almost 3000 sample books chart the industrial production of textiles in France and Italy over the past two centuries. A special section is dedicated to the history of the local silk production from Como, including the earliest designs of the founder Antonio Ratti.

In 1998, the FAR collection became accessible to the public through the establishment of a multimedia catalogue and a rich programme of exhibitions and publications. The collection has since continued to grow, thanks to important donations and acquisitions, and is now a point of reference for scholars, designers and students. Its mission still stands, as Antonio Ratti said in 1998: "In my life, I have always found inspiration for my creativity in museums. I want others to be able to have the same experience".

Digital Caveau

In 1998, FAR collection was made accessible to the public through a digitalization and cataloging project. FAR digital caveau is the result of years of layered studies aimed at giving users a comprehensive picture of the holdings, providing an up-to-date and versatile tool for work and research.

Its first version, designed in the 1990s by then-director of the collection Chiara Buss, constituted an international unicum, allowing access and navigation of the already digitized archive. The constant cataloging work and updating technology led to the creation of the caveau now available to the public. This tool gives access to an even larger archive with a relational and hierarchical architecture that connects the artifacts, reconstructing the network of narratives that link them.

To request access to the digital vault, write to archiviotessile@fondazioneratti.org

Coptic textiles

Indigenous American Textiles

Velvets

XVIII century Silk

XIX Century Printed Cotton

Cravates and Ribbons

Sample Books

Como Production

Antonio Ratti Production

Dress

Cashmere Shawls

Kuba Collection

Visit

Guided tours of the collection are organized all year long only by appointment.
For info and reservations: info@fondazioneratti.org