Actively experience silk culture

Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) is an industrial monument which is run as a museum in Luisenstraße 15 in Krefeld. From 1908 to 1992 fabrics were woven from Italian and Chinese silk thread for the Catholic Church in the former Hubert Gotzes parament weaving factory. The items produced, primarily vestments for the clergy, were given the Latin designation “parament” which when translated means “adorn the table of the Lord”.

The heart of the museum is the preserved weaving hall at the authentic site which houses the Jacquard hand-looms where long-established textile craftsmanship is demonstrated on the eight wooden hand-looms dating from the 19th century. This weaving hall is unique in Europe.

Numerous activities are held at the museum for all age groups: workshops, guided tours, temporary exhibitions and events make the museum a living experience where the world of silk and the textile history of Krefeld invite visitors to engage in an exciting journey of discovery.  

HdS also offers its visitors additional programmes. During guided tours of the town by coach, the fascinating past, present and future of the “Town like Silk and Velvet” are intertwined  Our new internet presence gives an overview of our current programme.