Francesca Pievani and Alice Zantedeschi, designers, use marble to produce the innovative Fili Pari fabrics
“We love marble – they explain – because it is a typically Italian material and a symbol of Italy in the world. Moreover, marble has many colors due to its different types and veining. Marble is unique because each color refers to a single material, which expresses all its beauty in the different veins.”
Since ancient times, marble has been used in architecture, art, and design. In the textile and fashion industry, marble has been only an aesthetic inspiration, reproduced as a print on fabrics. Fili Pari, the brand established by Francesca Pievani and Alice Zantedeschi, has two goals: to make marble wearable and to reuse marble powder derived from processing and production waste.
With a process that first makes the powder liquid and then solid again, in a new form, Fili Pari has created Marm More, an innovative material that can be used for clothing, fabrics for interior design and the automotive industry. Marm More, from Latin word “marmor” (marble), is a coating that makes fabric waterproof, breathable and windproof. Its soft and pleasant to touch, resistant to abrasion and its colors are the natural colors of marble.
Fili Pari, a project born at the Politecnico di Milano, is an example of reuse of waste materials and the perfect expression of the uniqueness of marble. This marble fabric is entirely made in Italy from marble waste from quarries in the districts of Bergamo, Verona and Carrara.
Lorenzo Palmeri and the creativity of marble
Ernst Knam and the solidity of marble