The Sashiko technique comes from Japan. It is no surprise that it is also called Japanese embroidery.

The technique was originally used to for repairing clothes and damaged fabrics. Apart from the practical aspects, Sashiko also enhances fabrics with beautiful, often artistic patterns. In this workshop, children learn different types of embroidery stitches so they can make their own Sashiko pattern. Each child decorates their own piece of fabric in Sashiko style. In the TextielLab, the children see how different types of yarn are made and have a guided tour during which the working of modern textile machines is explained. Of course, they also see a modern embroidery machine at work.

First, Sashiko is explained to the whole class. The class is then divided into two groups. The first group is given a guided tour of the TextielLab, while the second group starts Japanese embroidery in the TextielStudio under the supervision of their own 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.