In an activity with thousands of years of history and centuries of tradition,
is there still room for improvement?
According to us, yes there is.
Sericulture is a complex activity. The nutrition and breeding of silkworms requires a continuous commitment, with any weather conditions, at all hours. The season of reproduction is long and does not allow moments of rest. Fatigue and precariousness keep young people away from the work of a silk producer, with undeniable consequences on the supply of cocoons. This is why Nembri Silk has changed the rules of the game: supervising a complete supply chain, with the traceability of each phase, from mulberry cultivation to yarn twisting, creating a high-quality silk with a sustainable production process that protects people and environment.
Three centuries of history in the silk business
The land around Lake Iseo has a long tradition in the history of Italian silk. Today Matteo Nembri, a sixth-generation heir in the silk business and new CEO of Nembri Silk, renews it with his vision and a distinctive project.
Around 1870 the first steam reeling mill was built in Iseo, to which many others followed: the production of a silk highly appreciated for its quality, thanks also to the special conditions of the lake’s water, which gave the product a special value. Iseo’s reeling mill La Filanda d’Iseo by Francesco Formenti was among the first to seize the opportunities of the new method: the basins, heated by a large steam boiler, in which the workers immersed the cocoon to obtain the thread and produce the silk skein. In 1938 the property passed to Pasquale Nembri, former director of the reeling mill. With a pioneering entrepreneurial vision, in 1960 Nembri flew to Japan and returned with new automated machines and a young engineer, Hideyhasu Segi, as a consultant for installing and starting the machines. For the rest of his life, Segi-san was a friend of the Nembri Family. Pasquale became Commendatore della Repubblica, Director of a bank, President of Italian Silk Industries. At his death his son Gianluigi first took over, then his nephews Giorgio and Andrea, who left the reeling mill of Iseo and moved the business to Capriolo, changing the name of the company, from Pasquale Nembri to Nembri Industrie Tessili, and moving the focus of the activity from reeling to twisting.
In December 2015, the company passed to Matteo, son of Giorgio, and changed its name to Nembri Silk: the sixth generation is ready to pass on and to renew a tradition that the Nembri family has been keeping for 150 years.
Expertise on the entire supply chain
Mulberry cultivation, worm breeding, spinning and twisting: since 1882 Nembri Silk has enriched its experience throughout all stages of the silk industry.
In over 100 years of history, the Nembri family has overseen the various stages of the silk supply chain, bringing its work to different continents. South America, Turkey, China, Vietnam and Tunisia are the main countries in which the activity has been carried. From agriculture to industrial twisting, Nembri Silk knows in depth the processes, methods and tools of every stage of the silk supply chain.
Producting silk in a new way,
taking more care of people and the enviroment.
Nembri Silk has a clear vision of the future of its industry and of its responsibility as an actor who wants to guarantee future generations the possibility of preserving the know-how acquired in centuries of history by making all the production processes eco-sustainable. The entire process is aimed to minimize the use of water, energy, and natural resources in general and to respect the needs, health and life of the people involved.
Nembri Silk has also received certification
Certification for the sustainable production of textile products made with natural fibers from organic farming.
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