History of the Eibenstock embroidery industry, presentation of historic embroidery machines, history of the city, model railway "Steilstrecke Eibenstock", special exhibitions.
I am Wurzelrudi, the mascot of the region around the Mount Auersberg. I would like to invite you to a voyage of discovery to the Embroidery Museum Eibenstock.
Let's find out together how a young woman in the year 1775 helped the people in the region to jobs and sustenance by teaching the women and girls the art of hand embroidery. Years later, this craftsmanship should help the city of Eibenstock to achieve world fame. I would like to show you how clever people finally invented machines to be able to produce these embroideries even faster. You can see a hand embroidery machine from the year 1860, a Pantograph embroidery machine from the year 1883 as well as an automatic embroidery machine as it was used in 1910. But the best thing is: I will demonstrate all these machines to you. And those who are especially daring can even turn on or off one machine or another by themselves. Well, have I aroused your curiosity? See you soon – I am looking forward to your visit! Yours, Wurzelrudi
- railway installation – a model of Germany's formerly steepest standard gauge railway
- cut out great embroidery motives – finish filigree artworks yourself
- children's playing and painting corner
- model of a historic children's carousel
- run an embroidery machine on your own
Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:
- Closed back entrance (door 105 cm, via 1 step of 12 cm)
- Main entrance with bell
- The ground and 1st floor are accessible via wheelchair lift
- The steps inside the exhibitions will get over with a lifting device
A world market
The USA considered it necessary to open a consulate in the little town of Eibenstock in western Saxony between 1891 and 1908. In 1905 the Saxon State Railways connected the town to their network, even though this meant building the steepest standard-gauge railway line in Germany, and numerous special regulations were necessary. What made Eibenstock so important was – believe it or not – embroidery. The local tin and iron ore mining had almost come to a standstill in 1760, so that the plight of the local miners and their families far surpassed the usual poverty. It was necessary to somehow secure the survival of the region. Help came from the outside, in the form of Clara Angermann from Thorn (now Toruń in Poland), who in 1775 taught the women and girls of the village how to embroider with a crochet hook. The craft spread quickly, and from 1830 it was mechanized and later partly automated. By 1900 Eibenstock dominated the world market.
Eibenstock’s Embroidery Museum illustrates this development impressively. The machines on display, some of which can be also operated on request, are true marvels of technology, especially the “Black Giant”, a hand embroidery machine from 1860. In the rooms on the ground floor, examples of embroidery with a crochet hook, pearls and sequins that made Eibenstock world-famous can be admired. Two local companies are still upholding this tradition.