The first core of the Textile Museum was formed in 1975. Since then, the collections continued to grow and today comprise a heritage of international importance. Textile art is documented from pre-Christian times to our day, illustrating various manufacturing techniques, by a total of over 9000 items. The collections include ancient fragments, contemporary fabrics, clothing, accessories, sample books, textile instruments and machinery.
The Museum represents the historical memory and the cultural interface of the Prato manufacturing district, which has been identified with textile production since the Middle Ages. Today the district boasts over 6,000 companies operating in textile and clothing industry. The Museum networks with textile companies in order to archive and promote their products, know-how and technological innovations.