Opening hours: Open from Easter holidays to All Saints holidays. For 2018, from 10/04 to 04/11. Tuesday to Sunday, 14 p.m. to 18 p.m. 19 p.m. in July and August. Closed Mondays and May 1st. Open all other holidays of the season. Allow 2 hours for the visit. Continuous guided tours. For groups, guided tours possible all year round, by reservation. The guided and commented tour is enriched with demonstrations to discover, in turn, all the stages and processes of fabric manufacturing in the atmosphere and the preserved atmosphere of the first woolen cloth factory in Lavelanet, which today houses the museum. - The secret of the fibers and the spinning of the wool using manual tools and the operation of the cards of a mechanical spinning mill of the 19th century. - The miracle of dyes and the alchemy of colors. - The magic of weaving on hand looms and mechanical looms in operation and in production. - The garden, organized in the style of a medieval garden, echoes the guided tour by allowing you to find a good number of plants used either as natural textile fibers or as natural dyes. Preservation of know-how and textile production: Beyond the exhibits from the collections, the museum is committed to preserving the know-how of former weavers. Since 2016, we have been producing a line of textile products on the old machines emblematic of the museum and of the local textile activity. This is an opportunity to see the machines in action as part of this production. Take part in the textile creation workshops: Maithé Bru, licière, trained at the Gobelins factory in Paris, offers demonstrations on her high and low warp looms and an introduction to a particular weaving technique: tapestry, during the workshops. creations for adults and children. Limited places, by reservation. The stages of manufacturing a horn comb: Around the biscayeur's oven, presses, staders and other machines essential to the stages of creating a comb, you are presented with a video, period photos and documents of archives. They will allow you to better understand what were the working conditions of the workers, the stages of manufacture of a comb, the importance of the production and the undeniable qualities of this noble product still manufactured today in the country. 2018 “Sheep, Wool, Textile” Animation Days: Sunday June 17 - JPPM - Free admission and museum visit, Thursday July 19 - Museum admission and visit € 10, Friday August 17 - Museum admission and visit € 10, Sunday September 16 - JEP - Entrance and free museum visit. Noémie will provide guided tours during these days for English-speaking visitors: €6 / person, reservation recommended. On the program for these days, a classic visit to the museum with demonstrations using manual tools and machines in operation and in production, expanded with the following workshops, demonstration of weaving on a manual loom of a green woolen cloth, made locally in the Middle Ages, demonstration of dyeing, spinning, weaving and fulling, of a horizon blue woolen cloth, made locally on a mechanical shuttle loom and having been used to make soldiers' coats and uniforms of the 1st war 14-18 (hairy). Presence of partners on these particular workshops including an EARL of local farm products which offers the possibility of lunch on site, 17/06 grilled lamb and pork (skewers and sausages), July 19 Pig on the spit, August 17 Ham on the spit, September 16 lamb on the spit: Paying and by prior reservation. Opportunity to get to know the sheep in the museum garden. The museum shop: This is the showcase for products related to the themes covered in the museum: The museum's textile production, dyeing, spinning, weaving kits, seeds of textile plants from the garden, household linen, articles in wool and felted wool, cornaille (natural angrais), combs and objects in horn and a specialized bookstore. It is also the basket of the know-how of local artisans and producers: wooden toys, jams, honey, farm products, craft beers, organic wines, cosmetics, souvenirs ... Many gift ideas to please and have fun.
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