Museums: Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum) – Prato, Italy

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Prato, Florence, Italy. September 2014.

Prato is the textile center of Italy, and this museum, while small and almost modest from the outside, houses a lot of treasures for those who are into history and period fashion and whatnot. The photo above is a fancy man-purse such as the likes that might have been used by the wealthy Medicis. The circle pattern in the fabric is supposed to denote gold coins = wealth.

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There are just crazy gorgeous textiles everywhere, from different periods in Italy, especially from the Renaissance.

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Here, they reproduced exactly the fabrics featured in some notable paintings

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Only the shmanciest of the schmancy could afford these threads way back when (not that these are any cheaper today!)

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And this red blankety thing is a papal robe, such as the one worn during anointment or election (selection? coronation?)

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And now some comics-inspired wall messaging to appeal to the kid demographic, no doubt for kiddies on field trips.

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On another floor, there is also a display of machinery and all sorts of fabric-making stuff

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And on the eve of her sixteenth birthday…

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Sample book

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Vintage Prada

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Vintage Armani

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And these cool eco chairs made of textile and cardstock.

Museo del Tessuto is at Via Puccetti, 3, PO 59100 Prato, Italy

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