Burg Altena, Germany
Textilsammlung Max Berk · Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg
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Permanent collection of traditional costumes

The museum consists of several exhibition areas. The first that the visitor enters is an extensive array of ladieswear, traditional costumes and religious garments, including a few originals which date from the second half of the 18th century. This area is complemented by a variety of accessories and basic textile items. In another area the visitor will see valuable exhibits from beyond Europe. For example there are textiles from India, batiks from Java, ikats from Bali and relics from Peruvian graves. One of the highlights of the Max Berk Textile Museum is an important and extensive collection of patchwork quilts from the UK and USA. These are from the 19th and 20th centuries. The interested visitor or the numerous school classes can visit an educational area where they can become better acquainted with individual production methods or the creation of various animal and vegetable fibres. In this area there are also various production machines on show including a circular spinning machine from the year 1877, a Rouleaux printing machine, spinning wheels and a hand loom from 1850.





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