TSA Study Tour – Velvet in Italy: Florence, Zoagli, Venice

October 10, 2013–October 20, 2013


Join TSA in Italy for an exclusive small group study tour of silk velvets!

October 10 – 20th, 2013

From the 15th century, Italy emerged as the West’s greatest maker of silk velvets. Guilds produced exquisite fabrics that were worth their weight in gold, and dressed popes, kings and their courts. The fortunes made from this important trade helped to fuel the Renaissance and to finance the opulence of Italy’s greatest cities, notably Venice and Florence.

This tour, led by Dr. Barbara Setsu Pickett, specially organized for TSA members, will explore the historic, technical and artistic foundations of this uniquely influential and intricate textile form. Limited to just 15 participants, the small group will have rare access to small family ateliers – some of which have been in operation since the 1800’s – as well collections of contemporary designers.

We will visit five renowned silk ateliers in Florence, Zoagli, Como and Venice, see master velvet weavers at work at their manual Jacquard looms and learn from experts about major museums’ archives and velvet collections. To best immerse participants in the topic, the first stop will be a hands-on workshop at the Lisio Foundation in Florence to learn about the design process and the different velvet structures…. Download the flyer to read more.

The deadline for Registration and Down Payment is July 20, 2013.

The tour is limited to 15 people, and is on a first-come basis.

A down payment of $1000 for members is required to reserve your spot. If you prefer to pay by check, please contact TSA at, to ensure your space and fill out the Registration Form below.

The total trip cost is $3290 for members, $3390 for non-members…See Registration from below.

A partial scholarship in the amount of $1,700 is available for one TSA member. To apply for the scholarship, please fill out and return this form to

Note that TSA requires travel insurance for all its participants and proof of coverage.

For any questions concerning this Study Tour, please contact

Download the following Forms for More information:



Registration form

Scholarship Application


Image Credits:

1:Showroom of the Bevilacqua atelier
2:Theatrical costumes recreated by the Gaggioli atelier, Zoagli
3:Velvet handlooms
4:Head office of the Rubelli Atelier, Venice
5:Laminated velvet, Lisio Foundation, Florence