Exhibitions

Exposition

An exhibition
From Wool to Woven Products
 
The exhibition at the Weaving Workshop is truly interactive in that it is based on a process during which experienced weavers, including master craftswomen, weave products on various types of looms – archaeological ones, traditional standing looms, and semi-automatic Vilumsons looms.  Visitors are welcome to take part in the process so as to learn about the weaving process and to learn basic techniques in that area.
The exhibition offers information about all elements of weaving – materials, selection of colours and decorations, the various aspects of the weaving process as such, and the way in which the finished product is removed from the loom and utilised.
This workshop has produced textiles from the collection of the Tukums Museum – reproductions towels, curtains, sheets, pillowcases, blankets and scarves, as well as visualisations of folk costumes from the city and its surrounding area.  These are based on materials, drawings and descriptions from other museums.  There are also many new products.
 
A special exhibit
 
This is a loom that was manufactured at a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, making use of materials found in bombarded buildings.  This unique object was manufactured for Elga Kivicka, after which it was used by Elza Siliņa and then Anna Apinis, whose daughter, Anita Hermane, brought it to Latvia in 2009 from Australia.
The loom has belonged to four Latvian women who tried to maintain Latvian craftsmanship skills while living abroad, also ensuring research into the relevant traditions.  The loom will eventually be exhibited at the new “Latvians in the World” museum, but for the time being it can be seen at the Weaving Workshop of the Tukums Museum.