They decorate more than just Panama hats: artistically woven ribbons once made the cloth industry in the Bergisches Land world famous. But how are these artworks made? You can marvel at old exhibition pieces, including a ribbon weaving loom from 1907 – in action too – in a ribbon weaving room.
Old and new looms give an impression of the technical possibilities and variety of the products. The Jacquard loom was operated using punched cards and revolutionised ribbon weaving. This technique made complicated patterns possible.
Did you know? The French Revolution caused an unexpected boom in shoelaces. The normal shoelaces, which announced the standing, origin and status of the wearer, were suddenly frowned upon. Instead, braided shoelaces now ensured Égalité in footwear too. See how the braiding machines produced shoelaces, mops, cable isolation and other products. Many devices are noisily set in motion.
The Bandwebermuseum was founded in 1989 at Realschule Süd (now Friedrich-Bayer-Realschule). And it is about to move: the re-opening at the Gold-Zack building at Wiesenstraße 118 in Elberfelder Nordstadt is planned for November 2019. The Gold-Zack ribbon weaving mill (Villebrandt & Zehnder elastic band factory) factory building, built in 1910, now offers space for work, culture and leisure as Gewerbehof Nordstadt.