a visit to the silk museum

a visit to the silk museum

Last Sunday was the Saint Patron of the village where I live. Everyone told me it’s a huge tradition over here, the village gets packed of people visiting all the artisan stalls and the food market made up with stalls from all the little food producers of the area. I was really excited about this and looking forward to witness the happy moments when people meet old friends and sit down for a glass of wine or a coffee.

Unfortunately it started raining heavily on Saturday evening and so everything is postponed in two weeks time. Because it rained all day on Sunday I could really go for a walk, so I decided to go and visit the Silk Museum just across the road from where I live. This museum used to be a silk factory until the Second World War. I already shared a picture of the outside of the museum in my post about the local library (that is located in the back of the same building) here if you fancy seeing it.

I took a huge amount of pictures inside the place and I’m sharing a bunch with you. There was a little light because of the weather but also because of the building itself. The musty woody smell was amazing and the old walls spoke history to me. The main machinery (a circular wringer built in 1818) that you see in the first pic is gigantic and takes 4 floors of the building (it’s 9.5 m high).

I just want to add that most of it was rebuilt from the 1960s by the people living in the village. I hope you enjoy the pics.

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5 Comments

  1. How lovely! These photos really give a sense of the atmosphere! How lucky to have this across the street…

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    • thanks Joanna! yes I’m very lucky with this, bear in mind that there isn’t much else in terms of museums or galleries in this tiny place. Still it’s a beautiful piece of history and tradition for the area.

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  2. Sorry the “fête” was postponed, but at least you could go visit this lovely museum ! Thanks for sharing your visit with us ! So interesting !
    xo

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  3. I’m happy to have stumbled on your blog today. Lovely to see your art, and images and to read your words . Thanks for sharing . I love your style !

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    • thank you so much Emily.

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