Fabrikanten & Manipulanten

An exhibition on the history of the Eastern Switzerland's textile industry

For English-speaking people, part of the title of the exhibition may strike a chord. Not the first word, which is local dialect and means as much as “threaded” (as in needle), but the second and third words: Fabrikanten will easily be decoded as “manufacturers”, which makes sense, and Manipulanten as “manipulators” – but then who would manipulate what in the textile industry, and quite officially into the bargain? The question is soon answered, for the term – which actually even sounds curious in modern German – used to denote the contractors, without whom the other protagonists of the exhibition, namely the workers, designers, inventors and entrepreneurs, would have found it difficult to operate at all. Details

from 29. April 2017

New Fabrics – New Stuff. Design with Technical Textiles

From 23 August onwards, everything in the St. Gallen Textile Museum will be about “new fabrics”. The exhibition will thus focus on an aspect of textile production that is relatively little known. It is beyond the world of fashion and interior decoration that the wide field of technical textiles and smart textiles unfolds in multi-faceted applications. The exhibition avoids the usual view of textiles, for even well-known textile techniques and materials appear in completely unaccustomed spheres of application and combinations. They are used in medicine and wellness, in the automotive industry, in architecture and in energy generation. Details

23. August 2017 - 2. April 2018