A route that traces the paths of industrial progress and innovative manufacturing processes at the heart of the textile production which has occupied man's ingenuity as well as his hands and which, thanks to the help of machinery, have woven cloth and coloured threads for centuries. Wool production, already flourishing in this wide valley from the 14th/15th Centuries, saw considerable development at the end of the Eighteenth Century when the weavers of Valdagno gained permission to make best-quality cloth, panni alti. During the crisis of the Napoleonic era that followed, only the firm of Luigi Marzotto survived, which grew and introduced new technology.
The Museum of Weaving Machines has been set up in the actual workshops of the firm, with the aim of showing the technological progress of a production industry which has left a deep impression on the town and the surrounding area. It is spread over many rooms, each dedicated to different fibres and yarn spinning, and a teaching workshop is available for schools and groups.
In the Sala della Tessitura weaving room, you can see the latest generation of looms for cloth, both smooth and embroidered, in operation and compare them with the old methods of design and production. A veritable plunge into the history of progress in industrial technology and in the social and economic history of this part of the world.
The tour operator suggests:
Tour of the Museum of Weaving Machines, tour of the Città Sociale area, a model city at a human level desired and built by Gaetano Marzotto in the first half of the Twentieth Century, and tour of Valdagno town centre. Dinner with sampling of typical Monte Faldo potato products and recipes based on feverfew. Overnight stay in the Valdagno area in a double room with B&B service. Cost from € 95,00 a head.
Tour guide on request