Museo dell’Arte della Lana

Via Giovanni Sartori 2 Pratovecchio Stia (Ar)

The Museo dell’Arte della Lana is located in the woollen complex of Stia, in Casentino, restored after decades of abandonment. From the mid-nineteenth to the fifties of the TWENTIETH century Stia’s wool mill was the pivot around which the economy of the area revoled; In the first decades of the twentieth century was one of the main Italian wool mills. The first nucleus of the museum is realized starting from 1996, with the temporary exhibition on the yarn of the wool, by Pier Luigi della Bordella and Gabriele Grisolini, who exhibit documents, vintage photos and objects collected from them and belonged to the Lanificio giving life to the Documentary exhibition on the historical Lanificio di Stia, staged provisionally in some spaces of Grisolini’s property. To find a stable and wide venue for the museum, the idea of recovering the complex of now-decommissioned buildings that constituted the Lanificio and Pier Luigi della Bordella is used to make the latter the property of the Lombard family, which had managed it For over sixty years. Simonetta Lombard, the last heir of the family, enthusiastically adheres to the initiative by reacquiring the headquarters of “his wool factory” and constituting a foundation to leave a lasting mark of the work of his family and in particular of his father Luigi. The Foundation thus elaborates a project of restructuring of part of the woollen complex for the realization of the Museo dell’Arte della Lana.
Admirable example of industrial archaeology, today the Wool factory has resumed life no longer as a place of production but as a center for the diffusion of the textile culture of this territory, to leave memory of this ancient tradition, but also to put The buildings where generations of Styrians have been working again are available to the community. Closely linked to this industrial complex is the fabric known by the name of Casentino, originating in the first valley of the Arno, known from the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century as a rustic cloth, was marked by the Florentine merchants of the fourteenth century with The term of big rag of Casentino. We do not know precisely the date of birth of the type of fabric known today as Casentino cloth, that is the one with the curly surface on the right that has become a classic in the colors green (flag) and orange (goose beak). Certainly between 1916 and 1918 was produced inside the wool mill of Stia where it is documented the presence of a machine to ratify German production: The Ratinatrice that today restored is exhibited inside the museum.
The exhibition path of the Museo dell’Arte della Lana is a real sensory experience during which you can touch, sniff, listen, learn, experiencing firsthand the dexterity of some gestures of the art of wool. Visitors can still recognize inside the halls, which housed in the past the productive cycles of the textile workings, the smell of the oils for the lubrication of the wool for the carding, the intense ones of the yarn and the freshly dyed fabrics, or those Metallic and acute textile machinery. In order to make the best understanding of the working phases, a multimedia path consisting of videos showing the movement of the exposed machinery and reproducing the deafening noises has been realized.
Touch is also essential to fully understand the textile workings and the qualities of a fabric. In collaboration with the Italian Union blind and visually impaired have been made of tactile routes useful for all visitors. All the didactic proposals of the museum are based on experimentation to better understand the phases of wool processing: In the classroom, with the help of some tools, the procedures that transform the fleece of the sheep into fabric are carried out. The museum, as it was in the past the wool mill, has returned to be the place of the hands, the space of doing, where you learn by trying, not place to visit passively, but a gym that allows you to train with participation and fun, manipulating natural fibers and Learning to use the various textile tools indispensable for the processing of wool.

Summer (from June 1st to September 30th)
Winter (from October 1st to May 31st)

Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday: 10.00-13.00
Thursday – Sunday: 10.00-13.00/16.00-19.00 (15.00-18.00 in winter)
Saturday: 16.00-19.00 (15.00-18.00 in winter)
During the month of August the museum will remain open from Tuesday to Sunday with hours 10.00-13.00/16.00-19.00
The ticket office closes half an hour before closing time
• €5 Whole
• €3 reduced (from 6 to 18 years and over 65 years; groups
of at least 15 visitors in opening hours, members of the
Touring Club Italiano, teachers with Edumuseicard, holders of Pass “Casentino – Places of Culture”)
• Free up to 6 years and handicapped with escort, members of the mutual Aid Society among the workers of the wool mill of Stia
Supplement €2 guided Tour (at least 15 visitors on reservation)
Supplement €2 teaching activity (at least 15 visitors on reservation)

Access to Disabled people

Museum of Wool Art
Stia woolen mill
Via G. Sartori, 2-52015 Pratovecchio Stia (AR)
Ph. + 39 0575 582216 – + 39 338 4184121
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