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The textile design studios in Mulhouse founded a museum of industrial design in 1857 that began collecting early textile designs for use as sources of inspiration. The Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes inherited the original collection and has added to it steadily over the years–opening its archives to design professionals from all over the world who consult them in search of ideas.  
The museum is currently home to over six million textile design samples and, as such, is the world’s leading textile image centre. For this exhibition it has drawn on a selection of its most iconic pieces, which visitors are invited to explore freely. By juxtaposing old and new, it tells the whole history of the Western printed textile motif–from the arrival of the first indiennes, to modern times.


Exotic floral patterns on 18th century palampore bedcovers; elegant paisley motifs; the charming pastoral scenes of Toiles de Jouy; the exuberant prints of the French Second Empire; Raoul Dufy’s decorative fantasies; Sonia Delaunay’s simultaneous fabrics, and today’s most avantgarde creations–the exhibition is an enchanting journey through time featuring centuries of the most emblematic textile designs.
“Bal(l)ade” seeks to break down barriers between art forms and shine a new light on a legacy of printed textiles. In this exhibition, the museum weaves many pathways between two creative worlds: the history of textiles (and its own extensive collection), and the world of music and instruments.


To bring them together, the Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes joined forces with André Manoukian, one of modern music’s most distinguished composers. He has put the exhibition to music with bespoke compositions inspired by the textiles on display, turning this colourful and exotic world of textiles into a delight not only for the eyes, but also for the ears. With this exhibition, which opens in October 2017, André Manoukian and the Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes are marking an exciting debut to a busy cultural season. “Coup de Cœur d’André Manoukian”, a limited-edition silk scarf, has been created especially for the exhibition.





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