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The Bevilacqua family has been in the textile industry since the 1400s.
Today, the Luigi Bevilacqua Company is the last company in Italy to produce velvet in the traditional way, protecting an art form that would otherwise be lost in the age of modern technology.
The company produces velvet in exactly the same way as it would have been produced three or four centuries ago, with its fabrics finding homes in opulent buildings such as the Kremlin and the White House.
Watch the clip above to see the amazing work this company continues to do.