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Museum of Mataró. Can Marfà Knit Fabric

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Façade of Can Marfà
© Romuald Gallofré- Museu de Mataró

Façade of Can Marfà

© Romuald Gallofré- Museu de Mataró

Can Marfà is the exhibition space of the Museum of Mataró devoted to the knit fabric industry, the industrial activity that has brought uniqueness and identity to the city. It is located in one of the buildings of the former Marfà factory, the most important knit fabric factory in Spain before 1936.

From the architectural standpoint, it is a complex in the “Manchester” style built between 1880 and 1881. The first floor hosts the benchmark exhibition: Mataró, Capital of Knit Fabric, which develops the three museographic strand of the Museum of Mataró and is a thematic and chronological exhibition of the collections that the Jaume Vilaseca Foundation has revived and given to the city with the goal of preserving the memory of an industry that has suffered from the consequences of the textile crisis.

The ground floor hosts the programming of temporary exhibitions, the educational area and the event room, where activities and workshops on the history of industry, technology, design and fashion are held.

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<p>&copy; Museu de Matar&oacute;</p>
Introductory area The recovery of the industrial heritage associated with the kn...
Introductory area The recovery of the industrial heritage associated with the knit fabric industry in Mataró
<p>Technician adjusting a circular knitting machine</p>
<p>Photo: &copy; Jaume Vilaseca Foundation</p>
Area 1. Knitting
Area 1. Knitting
<p>&copy; Museu de Matar&oacute;</p>
Area 2. From the fibre to the piece of clothing
Area 2. From the fibre to the piece of clothing
<p>Square loom used to manufacture socks, 19<sup>th</sup> century</p>
<p>Photo: &copy; Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Area 3. The start of knit fabric
Area 3. The start of knit fabric
<p>&copy; Eusebi Escarpenter- Museu de Matar&oacute;</p>
Area 4. The industrialisation of knit fabric
Area 4. The industrialisation of knit fabric
<p>&copy; Museu de Matar&oacute;</p>
Area 5. Fashion, fantasy and sports
Area 5. Fashion, fantasy and sports
<p>&copy; Museu de Matar&oacute;</p>
Area 6. From autarchy to the expansion of the industry
Area 6. From autarchy to the expansion of the industry
<p>&copy; Museu de Matar&oacute;</p>
Area 7. Future prospects
Area 7. Future prospects

OBJECTS

<p><strong>Fibre containers</strong></p>
<p>1900-1930</p>
<p>Matar&oacute;</p>
<p>Photo: Matar&oacute; Museum</p>
Fibre containers
Fibre containers
<p>Test reeling machine</p>
<p>c. 1950-1960</p>
<p>From the company DB Apparel Spain, S.L. (Matar&oacute;)</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Test reeling machine
Test reeling machine
<p>Knitting machine</p>
<p>First half of the 20<sup>th</sup> century</p>
<p>Machinery for knit fabric, S.A. (Olot)</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Knitting machine
Knitting machine
<p>Thistle combing machine</p>
<p>c. 1905</p>
<p>From the company La Cooperaci&oacute; Fabril (Olot)</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Thistle combing machine
Thistle combing machine
<p>Dye vat</p>
<p>Last quarter of the 19<sup>th</sup> century</p>
<p>From the company Autotex, S.A. (Viladecavalls)</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Dye vat
Dye vat
<p><strong>Cutter</strong></p>
<p>1950</p>
<p>G&eacute;neros de Punto Agust&iacute;, S.L.</p>
<p>Matar&oacute;</p>
<p>Photo: Matar&oacute; Museum</p>
Cutter
Cutter
<p><strong>Knitwear export book</strong></p>
<p>1889</p>
<p>Sobrino de Antonio Reg&agrave;s Factory</p>
<p>Matar&oacute;</p>
<p>Photo: Matar&oacute; Museum</p>
Knitwear export book
Knitwear export book
<p><strong>Cotton socks</strong></p>
<p>Late 18<sup>th</sup> century</p>
<p>Pilade Franceschi Collection</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
Socks
Socks
<p><strong>Griswold circular loom</strong></p>
<p>1896-1898</p>
<p>The Griswold Stocking Knitter (England)</p>
<p>Photo: Eusebi Escarpenter. Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Griswold circular loom
Griswold circular loom
<p><strong>Set of circular looms</strong></p>
<p>1930</p>
<p>Tallers J. Roure</p>
<p>Matar&oacute;</p>
Set of circular looms
Set of circular looms
<p><strong>Set of furniture&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p>1880</p>
<p>Josep Arenas Factory</p>
Set of furniture
Set of furniture
<p><strong>Women&rsquo;s undershirt and petticoat set</strong></p>
<p>First quarter of the 20<sup>th</sup> century</p>
<p>Matar&oacute;</p>
<p>Photo: Eusebi Escarpenter. Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Undershirt and petticoat
Undershirt and petticoat
<p><strong>Sewing stand</strong></p>
<p>First half of the 20<sup>th</sup> century</p>
<p>Commercialised by the subsidiary of the Wertheim company in Barcelona, called La R&aacute;pida S.A.</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Sewing stand
Sewing stand
<p><strong>Workers from the fabrics section</strong></p>
<p>1910</p>
<p>Hijos de Antonio Escub&oacute;s Yarn and Fabric Factory</p>
<p>Matar&oacute;</p>
<p>Archive of images from the Jaume Vilaseca Foundation</p>
Workers from the fabrics secti...
Workers from the fabrics section
<p><strong>Circular jacquard loom</strong></p>
<p>c. 1920</p>
<p>Chemnitz (Germany)</p>
<p>Photo: Eusebi Escarpenter. Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Circular jacquard loom
Circular jacquard loom
<p><strong>Bathing costume</strong></p>
<p>c. 1910-1920</p>
<p>From Els Banys de Sant Crist&ograve;for (El Masnou)</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Bathing costume
Bathing costume
<p><strong>Electric spooler</strong></p>
<p>1940</p>
<p>Construcciones Mecanicas Lloret</p>
Electric spooler
Electric spooler
<p><strong>Nylon slip</strong></p>
<p>c. 1950-1960</p>
<p>F&agrave;brica Gallifa (Matar&oacute;)</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Nylon slip
Nylon slip
<p><strong>Circular loom to manufacture socks</strong></p>
<p>1965</p>
<p>Albo, S.A. (Matar&oacute;)</p>
<p>Photo: Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Circular loom
Circular loom
<p><strong>Textile sector demonstration in Matar&oacute;</strong></p>
<p>1978</p>
<p>Enric Quintana</p>
<p>Matar&oacute; Municipal Archive/Quintana Fund</p>
Textile sector demonstration i...
Textile sector demonstration in Mataró
<p><strong>TCN outfit</strong></p>
<p>2014</p>
<p>Tot&oacute;n Comella. 2014 winter collection (Barcelona)</p>
<p>Photo: Eusebi Escarpenter. Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Outfit
Outfit
<p><strong>Outfit with running shirt and shorts</strong></p>
<p>Wong Sport Collection</p>
<p>Vilaseca S.A. (Matar&oacute;)</p>
<p>Photo: Eusebi Escarpenter</p>
<p>Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>
Sports outfit
Sports outfit

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