Schools Service

The dissemination of knowledge of local textile culture to an increasingly wider public constitutes one of the main objectives of the activities carried out by the Educational Silk Museum.
The educational offer aimed at school students of all levels constitutes one of the most important activities through which the Museum implements its "mission" to spread textile culture and raise young people's awareness of a reality of great importance in the area.

A more specialized guided tour of both textile machines and devices is offered to students attending Secondary and Technical Schools. Such tours focus on culture, history, art, textile techniques and manufacture both in Como and all over the world. Finally, the information from the guided tour is supported by educational videos.

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Silk Experiences

The programmes for Adults and Families are important ways for the Museum to fulfil its educational mission by reaching an even greater audience. Here there is the possibility of arousing an interest in fabrics and fashion through leisure initiatives involving the whole family.
A number of interesting activities, such as seminars, meetings and exhibitions, are going to be organised at the Museum. Consequently, besides the traditional guided tour, laboratories and educational activities supporting various aspects of textile industry are going to be planned.

It will also be possible to plan thematic visits to the historic background of the industrial and handicraft development better to understand how and why they were so popular.
We invite you to discover our silk experiences. Our experiences allow visitors to deepen their visit with all their senses, creating opportunities to meet and learn.
Finally, the Museum has always had a particular interest in printing the books of its exhibitions and in editing its “Catalogue”.

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The Educational Silk Museum is committed to creating a repository of artefacts and textile materials, with the aim of quantifying the museum heritage and detecting its state of conservation for subsequent treatment, and moving the materials to slow down their degradation.
The collected materials were grouped by topic and divided by logical or physical departments, with the possibility of managing all the data relating to the deposit and grouping the items by macro-family.

The restoration interventions are designed and carried out with interdisciplinary working groups made up of external experts. They involve the formal restoration of the object, but also its correct arrangement in the exhibition section, with the aim of preserving its conditions and improving its public use, making even the goods not on display accessible to scholars and those who request them.

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Bobbin Lace competitions

The Educational Silk Museum has organised the “European Competition for a bobbin lace” since 2005 and it has become biennial since 2009.
The theme of the competition was a wooden printing block, whose black and white photograph is part of the announcement of competition.The aim of the Museum is to preserve ancient artefacts (bobbin laces), techniques, materials (silk) and traditional arts in order to avoid their decay.

The competition could be entered by schools, associations, educational institutions, museums, craftsmen, artists and designers from the EU and Switzerland.
The participating works were examined by an International Jury, whose members are art, design and bobbin lace experts.