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The Museum

The museum consists of several sections which follow the various stages of silk production in chronological order.

The first hall reproduces a ‘magnanerie’, or silkworm-feeding room, complete with a 'taulier', a large framework of shelves and trays where yo can see, from April to October, the growth of lie silkworms. Also visible is all the equipment to manage their growth, egg boxes, incubators, baskets for gathering the mulberry leaves, leaf-cutting machines, equipment to sort the worms, to maintain the right temperature and the correct humidity for the magnanerie.

A section is also devoted to the diseases that threatened the growth of the silkworms, the role of Louis Pasteur and to the development of cellular egg selection.

A second room is devoted to spinning, the production of the thread after its removal from the cocoons. The objects shown are the actual ones used by silk workers both in their own homes (threshing basins, unwinding basins, etc.) and also in the big spinning mills with, for example, a large spinning basin linked to rows of unwinding spools. You can also see the tools controlling the quality of the thread, its thickness and its strength.

The third room covers weaving and knitting. You can see several vintage machines for the different stages of weaving: a very large warping machine which warps the thtreads on to a drum, before being transferred to weaving looms, either manual or mechanical, including a Jacquard mechanical loom.

The knitting industry, which was a speciality of the Cévennes, is equally well represented, with many of the knitting machines used in local factories and with an additional display of silk embroidery.

We also have an area for children, with a video specially for them, and they can draw and colour in pictures. Finally, don’t forget to visit our large video room where we project films from our archives.