What does the inconspicuous spinning thread of an Asian butterfly have to do with the rise and fall of an entire industry in the Basel region?
The exhibition shows life around the loom, the creation of ribbons and the importance of silk ribbon as a luxury and export article. Various examples of ribbons, woven at home and in factories, show the diversity of fashionable silk ribbons. A special attraction are two working looms: a shuttle loom controlled by punch cards (around 1900) and a needle loom (around 1970). A beater loom from 1764 is also on display.
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