St. Gallen Textile Museum, Switzerland

Swiss Textile Industry: Yes, St. Gallen is famous for its textile industries too. It is here the monks of 15th century got involved in making intricate embroidery. The city soon turned into a major trade centre of middle ages. By 16th century and 17th century every royal coat and gown was wrapped with delicate embroidery from St. Gallen of Switzerland.

The World Wars had a devastating effect on the textile industries here. Modernization in outside world too had an effect and trades here dropped. But it is still reputed to produce quality products and even provide fashionable stuffs to fashion designers from Paris and New York.

The textile museum at St. Gallen has numerous collections displayed. Very old designs all bounded in thick fat books. The machine there functions even today. We saw a group of designers there, bent with concentration over their work.

Zytglogge, Berns
Door, St. Gallen Cathedral, Switzerland

25 Responses to “St. Gallen Textile Museum, Switzerland

  • Nice shots Indrani.

    greetings, Joop

  • Beautiful photos Indrani.

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  • That looks like a fascinating place to visit. Great shot from the museum.

  • Fascinating how the monks of days gone by busied themselves with such exquisite embroidery. This type of creative work apparently was done by machinery even long ago. It’s good to know these designs are preserved and that people value their beauty to this day.

  • What fine detailed work!

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  • I would love to see the machines working. It all sounds so complicated. 🙂

  • What a fascinating post, Indrani! I, too, would love to see the machines working and it does indeed look complicated! Hope you have a great week!


  • textile museums are fascinating to me. I would love to see how they made such intricate works.

  • Indrani, interesting museum and photos. Have a great week!

  • Learned something new!

  • Wow , Modernization affects everything .

  • Beautiful embroidery work.

  • Love the dresses.

  • The lace on display looks intricate! I would love to explore a textile museum -sounds interesting! 🙂

  • Oh what an interesting place and history! The Swiss embroidery has high reputation and it is amazing that the monks of 15th century got involved in making embroidery. My favorite is the first photo.
    Have a great day!

  • Beautiful photos. It must be very interesting museum. I wish you a happy summer.

  • A lovely post with a lot of interest and great photos.

  • I find your history lession for interesting. I enjoyed looking at your photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Must be interesting to see the different materials in the museum.

  • How interesting, Indrani! I didn't know that St Gallen was famous for its lace industry. I went to Brussels to buy lace for my weddingdress.
    Something else: this morning I saw a photo of the beautiful Sri Padmanabhaswami temple in which an enormous treasure was found.What is going to happen with all that gold and all the diamonds? Will the poor also benefit from this treasure?

  • Great work and very interesting.
    Happy week to you!

  • The examples of the embroidery you've pictured are intricate and beautiful. Although your photos are wonderful, I can only imagine what it would be like to see these in person.

  • textiles tell so much. I must post about Hawaiian KAPA cloth soon.

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  • Looks like a wonderful place. (I am watching The Devil Wore Prada and thinking of what goes into the making of textiles….)

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