LOOM

The Bokrijk Open-Air Museum has a relatively large collection of clothing, household textiles and objects for manufacturing them (looms, sewing machines, spinning wheels, etc.). In total, our clothing and textile sub-collection comprises approximately 2,742 items. And that includes eight looms, one with a very special history. This loom dates from 1860 and comes from the PC Ziekeren in Sint-Truiden (a psychiatric institution). It is set up in the residential house in Tessenderlo and plays a role in the BKRK Textile programme. The Bokrijk weavers are using the loom to weave a pattern developed in consultation with Tim van Steenbergen and based on a historical collection piece that you can learn about on the interactive video wall.