May 26—July 1, 2005
For over a thousand years, exceptional quality fabrics have been manufactured in the St. Gallen region of Switzerland. This unique artisanal and cultural tradition is the subject of Textiles St. Gallen, a touring exhibition commissioned by the Canton of St. Gallen. The exhibition looks back to the earliest days of textile-related activity in the region as demonstrated by Neolithic discoveries and the precious documents belonging to the historic monastery of St. Gallen. It describes the growth of the city as a linen-producer and trading center in the Middle Ages, the transition to cotton processing, and the rapid rise in popularity of embroidery during the 19th century. The exhibition culminates with a wide range of contemporary fabrics produced in St. Gallen.