A "genuine and gentle" art - Laces and embroideries from the Antonia Suardi collection
17|10|2014 verlengd tot 31|05|2015
The Prato Textile Museum presents one of its most valuable collections, the personal collection of the Countess Antonia Suardi. The noblewoman was one of the main supporters of the guild "Industrie Femminili Italiane" (1903) and spent a lifetime in the research and in the dissemination of embroidery and lace.
Surrounded by an evocative atmosphere, the exhibition displays a fascinating selection of historic artefacts, embroideries, laces, and samples from Renaissance to the twentieth century. The original aim of the collection was to promote a new perspective of social emancipation troughout the teaching of ancient skills. Moreover the collection was aimed to to keep alive traditional techniques preserving them from the mechanization that spreaded at the beginning of XX century.
A rich documentation is enclosed to the artifacts, comprising original photos of handmade embroidery, the catalogue of the exhibition held in 1906, the accounting book of the school and a manuscript about embroidery designs made in 1570.
The collection testifies the diffused cultural and social passion poured in the art of embroidery and lace at the beginning of last century.
Museo del Tessuto
Via Puccetti 3
59100 Prato (PO)