With its lavish wall panelling and monumental tiled stove, the room in the entrance area of the museum reflects the dignified atmosphere of the 1880s. In the showcases and cupboards, colourful and exclusive textiles from current collections are displayed. Different styles and working methods meet – woven, knitted and embroidered. But all the products on offer have one thing in common: they give an insight into the active textile design scene as well as in the jewellery and accessories sector.
The range covers a broad spectrum from classic “Glarnertüechli” to textile objects made by young Swiss designers, for whom the shop offers a platform. Of course you can also find embroidery ribbons, embroidered butterflies and kitchen towels that refer to the long tradition of the textile industry in Eastern Switzerland. An exquisite accessory is the bookmark produced on an original Saurer panthograph embroidery machine and designed by trainees from the textile technology/design department.
Traditional St. Gallen companies such as Bischoff Textil AG, Filtex AG, Jakob Schlaepfer and Union AG are also prominently represented with their embroideries. They also include Karin Bischoff’s manufactory and Textilland Ostschweiz.