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Textile Museum of Prato

Textile Museum of Prato

The Textile Museum of Prato is a main point of reference for the collection and safeguard of the textile history of the Prato district. Its strong connections with textile companies of the area and contemporary industrial production represent a quite unique characteristic in the context of the European museology.
The Textile Museum of Prato was opened in 1975 in the Textile Technical Institute “Tullio Buzzi”, as a cultural institution for the recovery of the local productive history and to support training in the sector of textile planning.
In May 2003 the Museum found its definitive location in the restored Ex Cimatoria Campolmi, an old textile factory which is perhaps the most important example of industrial archaeology in Prato.
The Textile Museum is a cultural institution strongly rooted in the local social and economic fabric of the Prato district. The museum is managed by Prato Textile Museum Foundation [Fondazione Museo del Tessuto], which was founded in November 2003 by the Municipality and Province of Prato, the Prato Industrial Union and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts of Prato.

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Key activities

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Target publics

Who the lab wishes to engage

  • Artisans
  • Curators
  • Designers
  • Entrepeneurs
  • Fashion Designers
  • Other
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Textile Designers

Lab projects

Digital Heritage
Digitalizing and Preserving textile archives Textile and Clothing archives can be an important source of inspiration...