2½ million different fabrics from all time periods. Surprising!

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Museum of Fabrics and Decorative Arts

History in fabrics

Fabric - silk in particular - has historically played a very important role in Lyonnais history, tradition, economics, and culture. So what more appropriate place for the Musée des Tissus, which traces textiles from ancient Egyptian origins through the Industrial Revolution and up to the present day - with, of course, special attention to the silk industry. It originated in the early 19th century when the chamber of commerce decided to collect different fabrics, and is located in a distinguished building once home to the Hôtel de Villeroy. Some historic costumes can be found here, too, such as the very well preserved doublet of the noted 14th-century duke Charles de Blois.

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