COLLECTIONS

HISTORIC TEXTILES AND SACRED VESTMENTS

Historic textiles and sacred vestments: embroidered and printed textiles produced in Europe and dating from the thirteenth to the twentieth century, present in a vast array of types (velvets, tapestries, Perugia tablecloths, damasks, lampas) and decorative forms that illustrate the most significant moments in the development of European production.

EMBROIDERED TEXTILES 

Embroidered textiles and artefacts: samples of Italian and European embroidery featured on articles dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, or received through historical collections in a fragmentary condition.

ETHINIC TEXTILES AND GARMENTS

Ethnic textiles and garments: a collection of great historical and anthropological interest, including textiles from India, Indonesia, Yemen, Central and South America, China and Japan, which, with their decorations and symbology, recall the importance of textile art as a valid instrument of social communication.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL TEXTILES

Archaeological textiles: a rare collection of textile fragments from excavations or burials, belonging to Coptic culture (III-X century AD) and pre-Columbian culture (Late Intermediate Period).

SAMPLES FROM PRATO

Samples from Prato: a collection of sample books from the longest-established companies in the Prato district, documenting the evolution of production and the changes in taste and style from the last quarter of the nineteenth century up to the contemporary period.

SKETCHES AND ARTIST'S TEXTILES

Sketches and artist's textiles: which include examples created by artists from the first half of the twentieth century (Raoul Dufy and Thayaht) and contemporary artists (Giò Pomodoro and Bruno Munari), who found an expressive form for their creativity in textiles.

CONTEMPORARY FABRICS

Contemporary fabrics: a selection of fabrics produced in the Prato district of particular importance for the technological innovation and expression of fashion trends since 1976, the year that the Prato Espone textile fair was inaugurated, which later became Prato Expo, up until recent years.

GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES

Garments and accessories: a collection of clothing that bears witness to the evolution of costume from the sixteenth century to the present day. Among these, the Museum is home to a selection of examples from major film productions made with textiles manufactured in Prato.

Machinery: manual looms, fulling equipment, a willowing machine, weaving preparation tools such as spinning machines, winders, warpers, manufactured in Italy and, in some cases, the result of elaborations and devices made on-site for production in Prato.

Fashion plates: a collection of approximately 1,700 male and female figurines from major French and Italian magazines published in the 19th century.

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