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100 Percent Wool

Europe: Heritage Lived Museum Europäischer Kulturen - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

For thousands of years, sheep have been one of the most important farm animals of humans. Sheep do not only supply meat and milk, but also and above all their fur. Even in the 21st century, despite the omnipresence of synthetic fibres, clothing is made from wool. The manufacture of textiles seems to have changed over time. However, the basic processes of spinning and weaving have remained the same. Our handicraft techniques have also been preserved for centuries.

The exhibition "100 Percent Wool" describes the process from wool to fabric and leads through its cultural history. The exhibition opens up its theme to visitors of all ages. They have the opportunity to encounter and interact with the wool on a playful, sensual, intellectual or nostalgic level. There are spaces of encounter in every room, which are designed to encourage shared, active experience and exchange between generations. At the same time, visitors can deepen their knowledge of various related topics. These include the life of the shepherd and relationships with the animals; the production of wool; the transformation of raw wool into yarn; and the process of knitting, from stitches all the way up to the finished product. The visitor can try out everything—either with or without guidance.