TextielLab Guided Tour and ‘Make a rope’ Workshop

Make a rope!

Rope-making is an ancient craft that dates back to prehistoric times. Ropes were used, for example, to hoist heavy stones.

Although mankind mastered rope-making a long time ago, ropes are still essential today in various fields, for example, in the shipping industry. It is important for a rope to be strong and flexible; you have to be able to tie knots with it. In the museum’s passementerie department, schoolchildren see how ropes are made. Different types of yarn are used in this respect. During the workshop, the children work in pairs to make their own rope. All the pieces of rope are tied together to form a unique work of art made by the whole class together. During the guided tour of the TextielLab, the children gain an impression of the use of modern textile machinery.

First, the whole class is given instruction in rope-making. The class is then divided into two groups. The first group starts in the TextielLab, the second group starts rope-making under the supervision of the children’s teacher and accompanying parents. After 45 minutes, the two groups switch.

Discover textiles

For most children, a trip to the TextielMuseum is the first time they are introduced to the past, present and future of textile. They find out how textile forms part of their daily lives and discover all its possibilities. In the TextielLab, weaving, knitting, embroidering, tufting, laser-cutting and passementerie production techniques are demonstrated using modern computer-operated machines that transform all sorts of yarn into textile objects and artwork.

Practical information

The costs are listed per programme. Admission is free for all primary school children, teachers and accompanying parents.

To book a school excursion, fill in the booking request form. Museum excursions must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
If you wish to book for several classes at the same time, it is a good idea to make the necessary arrangements earlier because of the limited amount of space.

Terms and conditions for school excursions
Visiting a museum with young children demands a great deal from accompanying adults. Keeping a class of schoolchildren ‘under control’ usually requires several accompanying adults. The number of adults that the museum expects to accompany school excursions is listed per programme. For this reason, admission is free for all accompanying adults.

Read here the other museum rules that apply to groups of schoolchildren and students.

Booking request form


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