A museum of textile fabrics. Explore the history of hosiery and the environs. Learn many an interesting fact about textile technology.
Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:
- All areas are accessible for wheelchairs
- Lift: Space of 93x135 cm for turning a wheelchair
- Toilet for wheelchair users: 160x162 cm in front, 94 cm left resp. 96 cm right of the toilet
- Museum-related pedagogical offers possible on request
Plagiarist and pioneer
After 1945, there were still hard workers, smart engineers and resourceful technicians in Saxony. The fact that they have achieved few things of world renown was mainly due to their politically related isolation. Among the few is the “MALIMO” method. This acronym uses the first three letters of Limbach and the “O” of Oberfrohna. “MALIMO” is a stitch-bonding process patented in 1949, developed in Limbach by Heinrich Mauersberger – hence the missing two letters, the first two of his surname – and in which the weft yarns are top-stitched. This brings substantial gains in productivity and allows diverse starting materials to be processed. But first things first. Originally the development of Limbach, a small town near Chemnitz, was associated with the name of the entrepreneur family Esche. Today, the Esche Museum, whose well-preserved early industrial architecture is itself worth a visit, is located in a hosiery mill founded by Traugott Reinhold Esche in 1854. It also honours his ancestor Johann Esche, who “reconstructed” a handloom in 1700, and his successors, who prudently further developed this new source of income in the region from a small-scale cottage industry to industrial production. The “MALIMO” method is used to this day, especially in the manufacture of industrial textiles such as fabrics made of glass or carbon fibres.