Antica Filanda del Casone
An opportunity to purchase an historcial property in Emilia Romagna for just 1 Euro.
The property consists of three stone buildings and 5,500 m2 of land. The vendors, Modigliana council, are open minded regarding it's future use. The property can be residential, or used as a commercial activity such as a B&B or hotel/relais. If you are thinking of investing, please note that the sale comes with the obligation to renovate the property.
Filanda del Casone was once a Dominican monastery, but it wasn't always a monastery; it began as the first steam powered silk spinning mill in Emilia Romagna, and one of the first in Italy (many people claim it was the first).
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Silk Production in Italy
Silk is produced by the silkworm (the larva of the bombix mori moth); the mulberry leaf is essential for the silkworm which consumes it in staggering quantities. One region where mulberry trees (il gelso) are in abundance is Emilia Romagna. And it was in Modigliana that the first steam operated silk spinning mill, Filanda del Casone, was opened in 1823 by the Zauli brothers.
Discovered in China around 3,000 BC, Silk is light, and at the same time robust, smooth, soft, versatile, beautiful, refined, elegant, sensual, reflects light, can envelop us in comfortable heat or keep us pleasantly fresh. No artificial or natural fibre can compare to such a versatile fabric.
Silk and Italy have been linked for centuries; Marco Polo travelled the silk road to Asia to meet Kublai Khan but Italian silk production began earlier, a hundred years before Marco Polo was born. In 1147 the Sicilian fleet stormed Corinth (in modern day Greece). A large number of women, expert in the production of silk, were taken prisoner and returned to Palermo with their captors, and so the art of producing silk was introduced into Italy.
It spread quickly in southern Italy, where monks were engaged in growing Mulberry trees. Palermo in Sicily and Catanzaro in Calabria became the first silk capitals of Europe, but soon silk production arrived in the Tuscan town of Lucca and the Venice of Marco Polo, and eventually over all of northern Italy, anywhere the mulberry tree thrived.
The majority of the workforce in Italian mills were women. For many it was an opportunity to swap the hard toil of the fields for a better paid and a less physically demanding occupation producing silk.
The last steam powered silk mill in Italy closed its doors in 1948.
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