History and tradition
The Abegg-Stiftung is committed to the collection, conservation and study of historical textiles. It is based just outside the village of Riggisberg in the foothills of the Bernese Alps, which is where the museum of textiles and applied art, the research library and the Villa Abegg, the Abeggs’ former home that is now a museum, are situated. The studio for textile conservation and restoration is also a training centre for budding young conservators. The Abegg-Stiftung publishes books and papers in which it shares its research findings with fellow historians and conservators as well as a lay readership. Year after year, its annual exhibitions shed new light on a material that has served humanity for thousands of years, whether made up into objects of everyday use or in the form of exquisite works of art.
Luxury on the Nile
Late Antique Attire from Egypt
Expensive, lavishly decorated clothes played an important role in society even 1500 years ago. Dress could be used to express dignity, rank and high standards. The fashionable garment in those days was the tunic – a wardrobe basic, as it were. The tunic was a straight-cut, shirt-like garment that...