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Abegg Foundation

The Abegg Foundation is a renowned institution for textile and clothing history based in Riggisberg, a village in Switzerland.

The foundation was established in 1961 by Werner Abegg, a textile merchant and avid collector of textiles, who had built up an impressive collection of historic fabrics, carpets, lace and other textiles over the course of his life.

The Abegg Foundation has an impressive collection of textiles from different eras and regions of the world. The collection includes more than 13,000 objects and ranges from Egyptian mummy bandages from the 3rd millennium BC to modern textiles of the 21st century. The collection of the Abegg Foundation is considered one of the most important and extensive collections of historical textiles in Europe.

In addition to the collection, the Abegg Foundation also operates a research center that focuses on various aspects of textile and clothing history. The research center regularly organizes symposia, conferences and workshops on various topics in the field of textile and clothing history and also publishes its own publications.

The Abegg Foundation is also known for its activities in the field of textile restoration and conservation. The foundation runs its own textile conservation workshop and restores textiles from its own collection as well as from other collections and museums.

The Abegg Foundation is an important place for researchers, students, textile enthusiasts and art lovers to meet and exchange ideas in the field of textile and clothing history.



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