Museum of Textile Machinery
The museum consists of 5 exhibition halls and 2 interpretation areas.
Section one: Historic hall.
Historical photos and information panels tell the story of Valdagno, of the "Social City" built by Gaetano Marzotto jr. for his employees, of the events of the factory and of the school which now houses the Museum. A plastic model from the '40s, luckily discovered in the basement of the building, gives the view of the city as it appeared at that time.
Section two: Fibres hall.
There are various textile fibres on display: from the natural ones (of plants and animals), to those obtained through chemical processes. In addition to the more common ones, there are plenty of very rare and valuable ones. Visitors can touch the exposed fibres, but above all, following panels and displays, they can get to know the origin and the characteristics of each of them, how they were processed and what they were used for. The following sections describe the main phases of the production cycle of wool.
Section three: The hall of woollen spinning.
Illustrates the processing of carded greasy wool yarn.
Section four: The hall of worsted spinning.
This hall presents the processing of wool, from combing and straightening of thread, up to the worsted yarn, winding and twisting.
Section five: The hall of weaving.
Includes hand looms with Jacquard machine for the production of textured fabrics, mechanical looms, shuttle looms for special processing (passementerie, cords for climbers, non-woven fabric, etc..), a hand loom (one of the last industrial looms made of wood) turned into a mechanic loom by a worker who used domestic objects: (motor of a washing machine, aluminium frames, watch straps etc.).
Visitors can try creating a simple fabric on small hand looms and on looms with four pedal heddles.
The interpretation areas focus on the problems of technological development and the socio-historical context. The technological heritage is inserted within the economic, social, urbanistic and environmental history of the entire valley. In the Hall of weaving, pertaining to the School for educational activities, you can see modern looms in operation, and compare different methods of design and production. Machines exhibited in the museum are accompanied with cards containing explanations and technical diagrams: those reserved for experts are more complex; those reserved for less experienced visitors are simplified. Pupils of elementary and middle schools receive very simple cards, which illustrate various stages of wool processing, adjusted depending on the route through the museum.
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