TextilTechnikum in the Monforts Quartier industrial estate

The large collection of textile machinery here is unique in Germany. It includes examples of all types of machinery ranging from hand looms and mechanical looms to modern air-jet looms. It’s not just for machinery enthusiasts!  Mönchengladbach is still one of the most important textile industry locations in Germany. In the 19th  century the textile industry was even more important, and it earned the city the nickname of “Manchester on the Rhine”. For many years now the city has been building up a collection of looms, spinning machines and other machines found in the former production sites. The result is a collection of textile machinery that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. It focuses on weaving.

The visitor can see how the flax was originally processed into linen in home weaving operations, and how industrialisation came about and production was mechanised. The range of items on show includes some of the oldest looms right through to state-of-the-art air-jet looms. The many machines on display highlight the different stages of development. Demonstrations are provided of all of them, so you get a real insight into what working at the machines was really like, and of the conditions that people had to work under.

Pupils’ Rally in the Textile Technology Centre

It is a long time ago that people wrapped themselves in skins. Ancient techniques such as spinning, braiding and weaving are used to produce clothing, ropes and now also high-tech fabrics!
It all started ages ago when nature gave mankind fibres that our ancestors had already processed – into fabrics and wickerwork in all kinds of colours and shapes. Fibres can do almost anything – they are sometimes fluffy and soft, sometimes durable and strong!
The rally shows how people have come so far and what you can learn about textile technology in fast-forward. It is an adventure course for the whole class – informative, tricky and full of action. For more information on Really, click here.

TextilTechnikum in the Monforts Quartier industrial estate
Schwalmstraße 301, 41238 Mönchengladbach
Mon – Fri 11 am – 3 pm and by appointment