Teaching the silk

The Silk Museum aims at spreading the local textile culture to an ever increasing audience.
There is a strong relationship between the Museum and Schools. In fact, the location of the Museum, that is in the building of both Setificio Silk School and University, itself explains the connection between the past (the Museum and its machinery) and the future (the School that trains textile professionals).
Schools Service

The Museum undertakes its “mission” to spread the textile culture and awaken students to the history of the area through its educational role to schools at every level.
Guided tours are provided to Primary Schools (Book your visit) according to the pupils’ learning goals and age.
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.

University Students and Lecturers often show interest in the heritage on display and use documents of the Museum archives as research material for their studies and theses.
For final year students and graduates, it is also possible to serve an Internship at the Museum

Adults and Families

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”.

Keeping and passing on the silk art

The Silk Museum stores and preserves the textile material not on display in order to quantify the Museum heritage, survey its conditions for future restoration work and slow down its decay.

Restoration work is carried out by interdisciplinary groups of external experts. Particularly, it aims at displaying the restored finds in the permanent exhibition and preserving the conditions of the objects not on display.
Completed restoration work


Filing silk

The classification of the Museum heritage started in 1996 by filing the most important exhibits.
In 2002, a more complete description was introduced. In particular, it was drawn up by ICCD and, therefore, recognised at national level (link: http://www.iccd.beniculturali.it/).

Such filing process continued in 2004 with annual projects promoted by Regione Lombardia-SIRBeC (link: Sistema Informativo Regionale Beni Culturali), which are bound to end with the creation of nearly 950 files according to BDM and PST standards.
The results of the filing project are published in the portal Lombardia Beni Culturali (link: http://www.lombardiabeniculturali.it./istituti/musei/), where the Museum is already present in the section “Luoghi della Cultura”.
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.

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