Circus Knie Fashion

One hundred years of costumes in the Textilmuseum

This exhibition contains spectacular costumes from the beginning of the last century to today. Illustrating a hundred years of circus history, the Knie family’s magnificent garments are practical workwear at the same time as being highly fashionable. Details

7. March 2019 - 19. January 2020

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