Real fashion is timeless, and starts with the best quality fabrics. Like the ones made in Longobucco, in the province of Cosenza, by Bottega storica del tessuto d’arte Mario Celestino (literally, “Mario Celestino historical workshop of fine fabric”). Here, an ancient code emerges from the weft, with symbols that legend says were brought to Calabria by women who had learned how to decorate fabrics in the Ottoman Empire, having been kidnapped by the pirates.
The great French traveler and writer Jean Chardin (1643-1713) commented on Oriental fabrics noting,
they are always made after the same fashion, and if the wisdom of one Nation appears in a constant custom for their dress, as has been said, the Persians ought to be mightily commended for their prudence, for they never alter in their dress.
Since the 1930s, the skilled weavers of Bottega storica Mario Celestino have used hand-looms to make carpets, tapestry, bedspreads, ben linens, and other fabrics for the home… never altering the beauty of their work.
And always keeping fine fabric in fashion.