House of Silk Art.

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This building, where the silk weavers guild met, houses the altarpiece of San Jerónimo, the Patron Saint of Silk Art. A sign made of tiles reads: “Casa del Arte Mayor de la Seda”.

BUILDING

It is located in an authentic Muslim parapet or blind alley of Barrio de La Villa, specifically in the Calle del Castillo. This museum shows the importance of silk in Requena since the seventeenth century, with its peak in the eighteenth and its decline in the second half of the XIX. the antiquity of this house is not known, but in 1740 became the headquarters of the Guild of Silk Weavers. On the façade we can still see the altarpiece of Saint Jerome, patron saint of merchants and silk manufacturers, and tile which reads: "House of Art Silk Mayor of this city." With the disappearance of the union, in the late nineteenth century, the house went through different private until it was purchased by its current owners to make it museum.

MUSEUM

The museum is decorated with furniture and decorative elements nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but mainly focuses on requenense Sedera history. The museum is divided into three floors. In the first we can see the recreation of an old kitchen and a small lounge where a copy of the Ordinances of the Brotherhood of Mayor Art Silk Requena which were approved on 26 June 1725. On the second floor is exposed found a small sewing workshop and a room where, among other items, we can see weapons and coins from different eras. On the third floor is where the real museum installed tools and tools used in the craft of silk. Among them are a loom, which belonged to the last silk factory, spinning wheels, shuttles, combs, winders and threads. This plant is complemented by an audiovisual presentation illustrating the traditional manufacturing of silk fabrics, which many Requena devoted for more than two centuries.

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