German Textile Museum

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German Textile Museum
German Textile Museum.jpg
Exterior view
place Andreasmarkt 8
47809 Krefeld - Linn Coordinates: 51 ° 20 ′ 1.8 ″  N , 6 ° 38 ′ 13.6 ″  EWorld icon
Textile museum
City of Krefeld
Annette Paetz called Schieck
ISIL DE-MUS-081118

The German Textile Museum is a museum located in the old town of Krefeld - Linn . It exhibits textiles , clothing and woven fabrics from various cultures .


The German Textile Museum is one of the most important international collections of historically valuable textiles and clothing. The collection includes over 30,000 objects from all parts of the world from antiquity to the present.


From around the last quarter of the 19th century, the collection was initially created from textile display materials for teaching and study purposes for the training and further education of the technical and artistic employees of the Krefeld textile companies . The textile collection of the Mannheim sculptor Jakob Krauth was added towards the end of the 19th century . In 1880 the Royal Fabric Collection was founded from this. In 1936 the city of Krefeld took over the collection. After the Second World War , many historical and valuable ecclesiastical textiles damaged by the chaos of war required restoration. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia created the central research center for the restoration of historical fabrics, which was attached to the museum. Both institutes have been forming the Krefeld Textile Museum since 1975. In 1981 the museum moved to the specially built new building on Andreasmarkt and has since been known as the German Textile Museum Krefeld.

Museum management


The central research center for the restoration of historical fabrics now serves primarily to preserve its own collection. Their task consists on the one hand in the care and maintenance of the stocks, on the other hand in the preparation and care of the textiles that are shown in the context of the exhibitions. However, orders from third parties are also accepted. As a rule, these are churches, other museums but also private collectors. However, this is not primarily about removing damage without leaving a trace, but more about preserving the historical informative value and preserving traces of history as a document value.


The reference library of the museum belongs with approximately 9,000 books to the largest specialized library on the subject of textiles . The holdings offer experts and laypeople a rich source of research. The library contains numerous rare and valuable works that are no longer available in other libraries, but also old editions of fashion magazines.


There is no permanent exhibition for conservation reasons, as most of the pieces cannot be exhibited or can only be exhibited temporarily due to their sensitivity. The museum therefore changes its exhibition three to four times a year. It shows textiles from its own as well as from other collections. In addition, a cross-section through the rich holdings of the collection can be viewed in special drawer cabinets in the foyer. The museum is closed between exhibitions.

The museum has so far shown a large number of internationally recognized exhibitions. The range of topics extends from ancient and medieval textiles to East Asian textile art to fashion history and modern textile artists. Often pieces from other collections are brought together and complemented by valuable and rare pieces from their own collection.

Lectures and guided tours

The museum offers a number of qualified lectures and guided tours for all exhibitions.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Dr. Annette Paetz called Schieck the new director of the German Textile Museum ( Memento of the original from April 13, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. City of Krefeld, December 2, 2011 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /