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Does textile museum make you itch and think of musty old fabrics behind glass? Think again. I visited Textielmuseum / TextielLab in Tilburg last Saturday and wasn’t disappointed. The last time I was here, was during college. So a ‘few’ years ago, then.

I was happy to see that a lot of the ‘old’ museum was still there as well as the very latest in fabric making (in TextielLab). So much to be learned, here. If you love weaving, lots of old wooden looms can be found there too. You get a real feel for the process.


Pattern books for the old looms.


A little glimpse if the old looms (sorry, my old iPhone couldn’t make better photos!).


Loved the steam engine room. How cool is this industrial panel!


Working steam engine.


TextielLab collaborates with and manufactures for various designers, lending their knowledge and expertise. Wonderful to see this Graffiti table cloth for Viktor & Rolf being woven.


Stéphane Blanquet’s New Created Language. Damask weaving.


Vlisco fabrics.


Electric Co Knits by fashion designer Conny Groenewegen.


Industrial machines at TextielLab.


Upstairs in Textielmuseum, a large number of beautiful Chris Lebeau fabrics. This is a curtain fabric from 1937 called Fauna.


Oh, I could live in this museum shop. So many beautiful items and books from favorite designers. I got to take home this Raw Color tea towel. It is now hanging on my wall (too beautiful to use as a tea towel, I think ;))

TIP: do go and visit the current exhibit Earth Matters in Textielmuseum. For a taste, see: Earth Matters, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano.