vrijdag 5 augustus 2011

A day in the Textilemuseum


Why not use the Summer for some inspiration and nice outings? I've spent a day in the Textile Museum in Tilburg, to look at the craft of making blankets, patterns, new weaving-techniques and so on.


These cards are used as patterns for the damask tablecloths. They have holes punched in them, and these holes represent a pattern which is then made by the machine. Often floral patterns and very complicated but beautiful.


We also saw the process of wool to blanket: a process of weaving and felting. The soft touch of the felted blankets was done by pulling the blankets over thistles, so to soften the fibers. Unfortunately, the demand for blankets decreased and many factories in the city Tilburg had to close down. In the museum there is an exhibition about the history of these factories, and another bonus is the library where you could spend hours looking through books to see different techniques, old patterns, new designs and so on.


There is also the Lab, where students are trying out new patterns and new techniques, you can see them at work.
This is the cafe where you can enjoy lunch..., nice and colourful weaving on the benches.
More information you find on the site of Textielmuseum.

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