Monday, July 11, 2011

Background information regarding the ECOVISION fiber study tour

Unfortunately the website of the lace factory is in Dutch.
That is why I am posting their Press Release / information in English
I hope this encourages members to sign up for this special tour.
The visit takes place in the afternoon (Thursday October 20) after the visit to VLISCO.

From Lace Mill to “Museum the Lace Mill”
The last operating lace mill in the north west of Europe is currently being converted to “Museum the Lace Mill”. From June 2009 you will be transported back to the last century’s textile industry.

Rattling machines in a monumental mill create a 1930s atmosphere. Of course there are also attractive exhibitions and inspiring activities like workshops, courses and public lectures for young and old.

Through the website you are kept up to date.

Operating lace-making machines in a monumental mill.
Until recently the almost antique lace-making machines were used in the daily production of lace from thousands of the finest threads. A nuber of these machines have been preserved and can be seen working. They provide a special experience. 

The history of textile manufactore and the origins of textile industry.
“Museum the Lace Mill” shows how textile manufacture once was the basis of the economy in the North Limburg region. Farmers grew flax to weave their own linen fabric. Nowhere else in the Netherlands were there so many home looms. Out of this a knowledge area for textile manufacture and textile industry grew whose traces we can see today.

A unique collection of old and modern textile art and manufacture.
Where textile manufacture developed the most beautiful examples of textile art and manufacture appeared. “Museum the Lace Mill” has a special collection of old and modern objects that can be seen in permanent and temporary exhibitions. Hearing, seeing, reading and doing alternate to make a visit to “Museum the Lace Mill” a fascinating experience.

Group arrangements.
Groups are more than welcome in “Museum the Lace Mill”. They receive a personal welcome and different arrangements for their visit are possible. There are guided tours for example, and in the Lace Café visitors can have a nice cup of coffee or a copious lunch. Furthermore, groups can use special rooms for their own programs, lectures or workshops.

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