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.
There are just crazy gorgeous textiles everywhere, from different periods in Italy, especially from the Renaissance.
Here, they reproduced exactly the fabrics featured in some notable paintings
Only the shmanciest of the schmancy could afford these threads way back when (not that these are any cheaper today!)
And this red blankety thing is a papal robe, such as the one worn during anointment or election (selection? coronation?)
And now some comics-inspired wall messaging to appeal to the kid demographic, no doubt for kiddies on field trips.
On another floor, there is also a display of machinery and all sorts of fabric-making stuff
And on the eve of her sixteenth birthday…
And these cool eco chairs made of textile and cardstock.
Museo del Tessuto is at Via Puccetti, 3, PO 59100 Prato, Italy