TEXTURE is a museum devoted to the history, production and uses of flax. The flax industry was the most important economic activity in the south of West-Flanders. The museum is located in a flax distribution centre from the year 1912 in the centre of the city of Kortrijk.
TEXTURE tells the story of the flax and linen industry. It is a story about strong roots, about craftsmanship and entrepreneurship, about daring innovations and constantly re-inventing oneself. The building has three floors with three stories:
The Wonder Room is a DIY-room, a sort of laboratory where you can interactively discover often overlooked applications of flax, its significance in today’s world and its potential for the future.
The Lys room brings to life the story of the flax processing in the Leie region. This story is one of trial and error, of people who without any help repeatedly found the resilience to overcome major crises. Its fascinating history is told with a selection of objects, work tools and machines from the collection, photos, film, animations, testimonials and interactive maps. The economic development of the region of Lys is displayed, with the flax industry as its driving force.
Beneath the golden crown you can find the Treasure chamber. This is where you can marvel at the beautiful damasks, laces, handwork and fine fabrics that enrich this exceptional textile collection.
Rug News andDesign discovered TEXTURE while perusing the website of LIBECO who is one of the sponsors of TEXTURE. We believe that LIBECO should be celebrated for contributing to the design and history of linen in a way that goes beyond the mere commercial.