The objects, which make up the archive of the memories stored at the museum, have been donated by those who recognize the roots of their identity in the museum. As Angelo Rosati points out: “We have been collaborating together in the community, most of the stuff we have collected has been provided by families, especially traditional woven fabric. They were our trousseaus, part of our lives”.
The Museum’s archives and documentation fund include around 800 fashion magazines and a rich book collection on hemp and textile fibres.
Magazines in particular illustrate male and female fashion evolution, childhoods clothing, society and art evolution in Italy between 1920 and 1970.
The Museum preserves and exhibits a collection of 300 works in hemp and natural fibres, which covers the periods included between the mid-19th century and the 20th century.
The collection consists mainly of female and domestic textile artefacts. Through their different typologies and functions these woven fabrics deal with the phases of women’s daily life, from childhood to trousseau and beyond.
The founding nucleus of the Museum, composed of tools linked to the textile cycle and transformation of textile fibres, begins to develop from the 1970s.
Brakes, spindles, distaffs, reels, and old looms had been collected by Sandro Sabatini, Gregorio Amadio, Luciano Giacchè, to name but a few, in order to remember a material heritage and a textile tradition related to the territory.