PETITION: MUSÉE DES TEXTILES, LYON
It was the French King François I (1494 –1547) who, in 1536, gave permission to two Piedmontese weavers to set up their looms and establish silk weaving in Lyon. He wanted a domestic supply of the luxury cloth for the French nobility and clergy, and to reduce his trade deficit from imported silk goods from Italy. In 1540 he granted a monopoly on silk production to the city of Lyon, and from this moment the history of the city’s textile industry became tied to silk weaving. Silk shaped the city’s development and prosperity, its fortunes growing from this luxurious material, and later, the commerce in silk which brought global recognition. Through silk, Lyon achieved dominance and became France’s second city after Paris. This fine thread has given it a different historical experience from other towns associated with textile production in France, such as Rouen in the North and Lille in the North-East, whose economies were based respectively on wool and linen, and then cotton. The city of Lyon owes a lot to textiles and now the Museum of Textiles and Decorative Arts in Lyon is under threat of closure, which would be a major loss of cultural heritage. The museum is the custodian of the first textile collection in the world – two and a half million works spanning 4,500 years of history and representing a panorama of all civilisations, eras, styles and techniques – and the second collection of decorative arts in France. Sign this petition urging the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Mrs Audrey Azoulay and The Director General of Heritage, Monsieur Vincent Berjot, to re-evaluate the museum's cultural significance and economic future. Sign the petition to save the Museum of Textiles and Decorative Arts in Lyon. This is in part an extract from Genevieve Woods' article in the Etiquette issue of Selvedge. www.change.org
I’m a member of the Arbeitskreis Textilunterricht NRW (Germany) , a teachers association for textile education at schools, and therefore gladly support every textile activity worldwide.
J,aime la musee en Lyons.
For so many reasons this collection at Musee des Textiles, Lyon must be saved.
Absolutely SAVE the jewel “Musee des Textiles LYON”! I was fortunate to visit this historical repository in the 1990s…and hope to re-visit in the future! Thank you for taking care of these cultural and technical treasures for ALL to enjoy and learn from…AND to inspire and ensure future creativity in the field of textiles which makes such a significant contribution to the French and world economy, in general.
Jo Ann Stabb
Sr. Lecturer Emerita
University of California, Davis
Please don’t close the museum. It is very important for the next generation too see how this handcraft has been done!
Thank you in advaace