Villa Necchi Campiglio, a beautiful villa in the centre of Milan owned by FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, will host “Manualmente”, a cycle of events dedicated to the skill of the hands. This year’s exhibition was dedicated to fabrics.

From 1 December 2012 to 6 January 2013, Villa Necchi hosted the exhibition “Amati e Ricamati”, with a selection of precious 1930s embroidered clothing, accessories and lace from the Loretta Caponi collection. On 1 and Sunday 2 December, the trade fair “Tramando e arredando” took place on the villa’s covered tennis court: thanks to collaboration with the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art, twenty Italian master artisans displayed and sold their fine textiles for the home.

Four interesting embroidery workshops were held by Pino Grasso, whose atelier is famous for its haute couture embroidery, Cecilia Piacitelli, instructor of NUI (traditional Japanese embroidery), the Cooperativa Produzione Merletti of Cantù, producing exquisite “Cantù lace” since 1920, and Francesca Capurso, stage costume designer and dressmaker, who teaches classic embroidery techniques as well as macramé and bobbin lace.