Museo del Ricamo - Valtopina

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Corso Cavour 126 - 06034 Foligno
The Museum of Embroidery and Textile is located in Valtopina on the ground floor of the town hall, mansion of the early twentieth century.
The Museum of embroidery and textile definitely worth visiting for its importance as a diffuser of knowledge of the art of embroidery. This art is very important in Valtopina also for the presence of the Embroidery School, organized by the Pro Loco. The collection consists of about four hundred pieces divided into three sections: the first for women's fashion, the second for underwear and the third for household linen. It illustrates the fundamental changes and simplifications regarding fashion between the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The inauguration of the Museum of Textiles and Embroidery, which occurred in 2007, was made possible thanks to the many donations that have taken place since 2000 and have gone into collecting artifacts belonging to historical families of Foligno,  Spello and Perugia . Then it was extended to other regions such as Tuscany and Liguria. Important for the birth of the collection was also the presence in Valtopina of the Embroidery , organized by the Pro Loco, which helps to keep alive the tradition of the minor arts, very important in small towns in Umbria. The museum has three sections that gather about four hundred pieces divided between women's fashion, underwear and household linen.  The first section of women's fashion highlights, through the precious dresses on display, simplification of fashion happened between the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. During this time the clothes are characterized by the increasing use of lace, material in which are often packed the strategic parts of garments like coats, blouses and flouncy skirts. In the second section,  dedicated to the underwear, it is evident that  the nineteenth and twentieth century focused on new and refined capabilities that enhance petticoats, corsets and camisole, other vests, dressing gowns,bonnet, knickers, stockings and handkerchiefs with lashings of lace, white embroidery on white or pastel colors. Particular attention is paid to layettes and baptism made by specialized laboratories for the new emerging middle classes. That was in order to flaunt opulence and wealth and compete well in luxury with the old nobility. Finally, the third section, devoted to household linens, shows how the girls collected, since the college days, the “imparaticci” on which they stared all learned embroidery techniques. However, since the late nineteenth century, the young never could accomplish more personally their dowries, but preferred to turn to specialty shops, a dressmakers or monastic laboratories, where they carried out long and refined embroidery work. Linen exposure shows how, despite the introduction of color in the sheets, which occurred during the Second Empire, for equipment will continue to prefer the embroidery and the white fabric for a long time. The decorative motifs are mostly floral and those that symbolize happiness and eternal love as the bow or the "love knot".