The Industrial and Handicraft Textile Museum takes you on a journey through history highlighting the textile golden era in Portugal, where the towns of Mira de Aire and Minde were one of the most important Portuguese textile industry centres in the 20th century.
Located in a former carpet factory called Tapetes Dom Fuas (1933), later Tapetes Vitória (1945), the Industrial and Handicraft Textile Museum is a project which pays homage to the the legacy of the generations who have transformed the welcoming villages of Mira de Aire and Minde into important centres of the textile industry in Portugal in the 20th century.
The museum explains how wool was processed to produce rugs, carpets, blankets, cloths and knitting fabrics. Wool processing and fabric production can be done by using artisanal methods or industrial methods. The museum´s collection includes hand looms and other hand-operated devices, as well as industrial machinery.
Located only 15 km away from Fátima Shrine, the Industrial and Handicraft Textile Museum is a great opportunity to explore Portugal's golden textile tradition. A passionate history!