LETTERS OF SUPPORT

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COMO CREATIVE CITY

UNESCO CREATIVE CITIES

Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international cooperation across cities of the world that invest in culture and creativity as accelerators of sustainable development.

COMO CANDIDACY

The Board of Directors of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO has approved the candidacy of Como for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network 2021.

WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER

Como has untaken a strong commitment to sustainability and eco-design. The city establishes partnerships based on shared values

COMO CITY OF CRAFTS & FOLK ART

Como is at the heart of the Italian Textile Valley, an area founded on the textile industry which comprises the provinces of Como and Lecco. The textile sector is one of the fullest expressions of the Culture of Making and the importance of Made in Italy products. The textile industry has deep-rooted traditions and is regarded as a huge patrimony of experience and technical and artistic skills passed down from generation to generation, continuing to improve over time.

This is thanks to the constant push for innovation, which is ensured by the support of excellent training centres and promoted by the commitment and creativity of the industry’s artisans and textile manufacturers. The industry focuses on intricate and complex production methods, where improvisation is not an option; the art of silk craft, along with the tradition of sericulture, plays a fundamental role. Seventy percent of European silk comes from the Como district, which is proudly home to 1,376 companies (1,424 in 2019) and 15,515 employees. According to ‘Unioncamere’ and ‘Symbola’ Foundation, which gather statistics on the value of the cultural sector, the district is the market leader in design and printing (related specifically to the fashion industry and home furnishings). Como Creative City shines the spotlight on craftsmanship and the Culture of Making, and puts strategies in place for a circular economy that will create opportunities for regeneration and inclusion.