Museum of flax and river Lys
TEXTURE tells the story of the flax and linen industry. A story about strong roots, about craftsmanship and entrepreneurship, about daring innovations and constantly re-inventing oneself. In three rooms, in an authentic flax depot (1912) on the banks of the River Leie, you can learn about the revolutionary development created by the flax industry in this region. The past will surprise you, while the stories of the present, will amaze and inspire you. For centuries, Flanders has been famous for its textiles. Linen has figured prominently in this history. Luxury products like lace and damask were extremely popular among the nobility and bourgeoisie; ordinary people wore the basic cloth that was mass-woven here. A new industry sprung up along the banks of the Leie and went on to conquer the world: flax processing. ‘Courtrai flax’ soon became renowned as the best flax obtainable and was eagerly sought internationally.
Three rooms, three stories
You use flax every day, probably without knowing it and at places you would not expect it. Designers, scientists and entrepreneurs leave no part of it unused. Discover, try, feel and test it all in the Wonderkamer room. The Leiekamer brings to life the story of flax processing in the Leie region. This story is one of mixed fortunes, of people who without outside assistance repeatedly found the resilience to overcome major crises. It’s a fascinating history with thinkers, darers and doers in the leading role. Beneath the golden crown you will find the Schatkamer. This is the place to marvel at the beautiful damasks, laces, handwork and fine fabrics that enrich this exceptional textile collection.
The 'Architecture walk' and the Leiestreek West cycling network pass by the museum.
More info: Texture Museum
Location: Noordstraat 28
Pedestrian signage: Texture is located in the Leie riverbanks District on number 25. See also the list of marqued points of interest.