The European textile industry has always been keen to preserve representative examples of textile production of the past, either for creative or for educational purposes. Numerous collections of antique and exotic textiles, today preserved in museums, have come from the private collections of textile entrepreneurs or industrial institutes and schools. Over the last few decades, the economic crisis that has affected the European textile sector has resulted in the loss of many textile archives. The main objective of the project is to promote the textile heritage as a source of inspiration for artistic contemporary creation and promote new marketing and communication strategies focusing on quality, creativity, cultural added value and heritage marketing. The project’s expected results will be as following: * a better understanding of the role that textile heritage can have for artistic creation by young designers and artists * the acquisition of new professional skills, ideas and relationships by the young designers and artists as a result of the re-use of the textile heritage and creative residencies* the creation of new products / services inspired by the textile heritage and possible opening up of new market opportunities for young designers and artists* the strengthening of the use of culture and creativity to better preserve, present and interpret textile heritage.
OrganisationProduktionstekniskt centrum i Borås för tekoindustrin (PROTEKO) (SE), Município de Santo Tirso (PT), Ajuntament de Gironella (ES), Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Władysława Strzemińskiego w Łodzi (PL)
Project date 09/2018 — 02/2020
Lead organisationFondazione Museo del Tessuto di Prato (IT)
ProgrammeCreative Europe – Culture
Total project grant198 000 €