History of the Swiss Textile Industry: Bündner Kammtaschen

copyright: Beatrice Herger-Kieliger Kammtaschen (toilet bags to hang up on bedroom or living room walls) were very popular during the late 17th and the 18th century. They were found in households all over Europe. Usually there were three or four compartments to fill with toiletries, notes or letters. The Kammtaschen of the Grisons were of … Continue reading History of the Swiss Textile Industry: Bündner Kammtaschen

History of the Swiss Textile Industry: Appenzeller Weissstickerei (The Whitework of Appenzell)

copyright: Tourismus Appenzell The Appenzeller Weissstickerei (whitework of Appenzell) evolved from three related craft industries: tapestry, cotton spinnery and chain stitch embroidery. Handkerchiefs, collars, christening robes and scarfes were worked and attracted wide interest in France and the United States. The Appenzeller Weissstickerei industry reached its peak in the fifties of the nineteenth century. Afterwards, … Continue reading History of the Swiss Textile Industry: Appenzeller Weissstickerei (The Whitework of Appenzell)

History of the Swiss Textile Industry: Silk Ribbon Weaving

image by Martin Friedli, Museum.BL From the beginning of the Common Era, members of the aristocracy as well as prosperous citizens in Switzerland wore valuable silk clothings and ribbon. In early 16th century, wealthy Protestant merchant families flew from Catholic regions to Basel. There, they started the silk ribbon weaving industry that soon became flourishing. … Continue reading History of the Swiss Textile Industry: Silk Ribbon Weaving