Museo Del Tessuto

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Museo Del Tessuto

Museo Del Tessuto
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CateP322
West Boylston, MA70 contributions
Fascinating
Oct 2019
I collect and work in textile art. My husband loves history. Together, we enjoyed this little museum very much. Very accessible and educational--and the exhibits are a feast for the eyes. The gift shop and cafe are also very lovely, especially when it is warm enough to sit outside in the courtyard.
Written 6 March 2020
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12gotoperu
Huntington, WV270 contributions
Thank heavens for this museum!!
Sep 2019
Prato was a day trip from Florence for me and had turned into a major disappointment with several places being closed and my inability to find a couple of other places. On the way back to the train station I saw that a textile museum was basically just a jog from my route so I decided to try and find it and hope it was open. And I did and it was and I was so glad because it is a fantastic history of the textile industry in Prato. It's just two floors with the first housing a lovely gift shop and then a huge room with case after case after case of various pieces of fabrics, some dating back as far as the 13th to 14th century. And, for almost every piece displayed, there is a written explanation in Italian AND English!! If you are at all interested in fabrics, fibers, beautiful handwork, etc., or if, like me, you've just spent the day trying to find something in Prato that you can actually visit, this museum should fill the bill.
Written 1 November 2019
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iain789
Glasgow, UK44 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2019
Any port in a storm on a wet afternoon, so we went in to this museum with no high hopes. At the reception desk was a very informative and enthusiastic young woman, who spoke excellent English. The first room contains a collection of very old fabrics, with explanations (in English and Italian), of how they were made. The room is quite dark (to protect the fabrics). Further exhibits describe the history of Prato as a textile producing town, and an interesting display of different textiles produced from animal, vegetable and artificial sources.
This may sound dry and of limited general interest, but we left (after the rain had stopped) feeling we had learned something.
Written 10 September 2019
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Helene Christin... P
Truro, UK302 contributions
I enjoyed the variety of exhibits
May 2019 • Business
There is a lovely display of exotic, historical fabrics, with lots of information on each. A display showing the different varieties of composition of textiles and a film of the history of textiles in Prato. Also a board display about the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Lots of antique machinery including spinning and weaving looms etc.
Written 20 May 2019
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jim8225
New Orleans, LA20 contributions
Worth a visit if you like textile arts, history and technology
Sep 2018
Prato has been a textile production center since at least the middle ages. There were 2 special exhibits when we visited: Luxury fabrics from the early Renaissance and contemporary Chinese fabric art. The former added depth to our appreciation of paintings of important people seen later in museums. The physical structure of the museum is large and they have good displays about materials and techniques. Way off the tourist track.
Written 1 October 2018
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Alastair796
Stockport, UK35 contributions
One for the specialist
Sep 2018 • Couples
This museum has a small but significant collection of extremely early fabrics, mainly from the 15th and 16th centuries, which are very well presented. It then moves on to fairly standard stuff about fabric production. Given the size of the building at their disposal it's a pity that the curators don't allocate more space to the story of textile development, particularly in Prato. However for anybody interested in the history of textiles this is still a 'moist see'. The audio guide for the early exhibits is highly recommended.
Written 13 September 2018
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sunnyahuja4586
Mumbai, India602 contributions
Great place
Sep 2017 • Couples
Am a fabric and textile enthusiast and this place is a delight with fabrics and textiles from the good old days.
Written 30 November 2017
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Lyn&MarkfromOz
Melbourne, Australia996 contributions
Excellent museo
May 2017 • Couples
Smallish but very good museum dedicated mainly to the history of the textile industry of Prato but also includes a good section on the different materials used in fabrics and methods.

But the piece-de-resistance is the "museum" of old fabrics and costumes. Stunning collection.
Written 21 May 2017
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Jeff R
28 contributions
a museum where the technological and social history of textiles comes alive
Dec 2015 • Solo
Since some of my ancestors were "framework knitters" in Leicestershire (these were the poorest of the weavers in 19th-c. England), I have always had a personal interest in the history of textiles. Prato was as is the great center of silk-weaving in Italy, and this museum presents in an extremely lucid way the history of textiles, with of course a certain focus on Prato. I found the exhibitions extremely balanced, illustrating both technological progress over the centuries and the social history of weaving.
Written 1 November 2016
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Kris B
Alton, UK411 contributions
Not on many tourist routes - and that is a shame! Great place to go
Aug 2016 • Family
We came to Prato to see the Museum of textiles and it was a great museum - we were the only people there really and I thought that was a shame as this is a great city with plenty to see but not many tourists. The museum was really nice - a great mix of history and manufacturing of textiles old and new and also a great display of modern fabrics. A great find and the rest of the city was also nice to walk around. So much to see.
Written 10 August 2016
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Museo Del Tessuto is open:
  • Sun - Sun 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tue - Thu 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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