No, not a typo. I’m welcoming you to the area of Biella a smidgen north of Milan to talk about it; not as the home of Barolo wine, nor for its fame in the cultivation of arborio rice which is used for risotto (here’s a sneakly link to my pork cheek, gorgonzola and fig signature dish recipe) nor even to share the legend of the black virgin statue. I will, however, be taking you ‘through the mills’ over the next few weeks. I’ll weave in snippets of education on fabric production and entertain you with stories too.
Biella itself has a history of making fabric which dates back about 1000 years. The water in the region, which flows from the alps, has been used to wash and soften raw ingredients to create fine fabrics, predominantly wool, for centuries.