Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia has a long association with the silk industry. The House of Silk occupies the building of a silk goods manufacturer dating from 1868. The large windows facing south gave good light for manual weaving. From 1908 it was the factory of Hubert Gotzes and his sons, who specialised in church vestments of silk woven with silver and gold threads. They exported for the Roman Catholic church around the world. These textiles are collectively known by the Latin term 'paraments', which translates as 'prepared for the Lord's table'. The heart of the museum is the preserved weaving room, which was used until 1992, when the last owner, Erwin Maus, decided to close it after the last handloom weaver died. It is still complete with its eight wooden Jacquard handlooms from the 19th century - probably unique in Europe. The museum is run by an association of friends who demonstrate the old techniques. The former cutting and embroidery rooms have exhibitions and demonstrations. The museum offers activities for all age groups and guided tours of the town.
|Recommended duration of visit:||2 Hours|
|Duration of a guided tour:||120 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||For details see website|
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|Gift and book shop on site:||yes|
Wednesday - Friday 3-6pm