The visitor becomes the protagonist of a real experience, reliving what was the work in the ancient silk factory.
The silkworms and waste, the product residues that were used to make the rope of the ships built at the Venice Arsenal, will be touched by hand.
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The Museo della Filanda of Salzano, inaugurated at the end of May 2016, is the result of the collaboration between public and private sectors united together to rekindle, even if only virtually, the historic spinning mill of the town. It is located in an extraordinary architectural context: the Venetian villa Donà Romanin-Jacur, the large romantic park, characterized by canals, elevations, caves and precious tree species, the spinning mill, a fine example of industrial archeology, and the brolo with its didactic mulberry.
With this cultural initiative, the Municipality of Salzano wanted to retrace and revive its history of economic and social development, industrial progress and women's emancipation that involved many of its inhabitants.
In the machine room of the old factory, an immersive film envelops and involves the guest in the work of the spinning mill and then moves on to machinery, tools and multimedia installations, ranging from the breeding of worms to the production of silk. Inside the gallery, through audio guides of the Museum and a specially created app, numerous themes are dealt with: the history of silk, the worm and the mulberry, the work of spinning mills, sweepers, extruders, the construction of the spinning mill, its spaces, its protagonists, its avant-garde patents.
It is the objects themselves that tell their story in a journey where descriptions alternate with the narratives of the spinning mills and their songs sung in this factory, which has welcomed up to 250 women with only 3 men: the director, the stoker and the machinist.
Particularly the eco-sustainable layout: the furniture was in fact made entirely of cardboard, a warm, natural and ecological material. The silkboards, real tablets, also made of cardboard, will finally reveal, with all the "magic" of augmented reality, further contents and new suggestions.
The Museum, which wants to become a "culture factory", in fact organizes historical and naturalistic workshops for families, of weaving and dyeing, in the afternoons of every third Sunday of the month. For schools, educational activities are planned during school hours, upon reservation.