The reopening of the permanent exhibition rooms brings many new features. One of which is the addition of informational resources so that the young and young-at-heart who visit the Museum can take self-guided tours. These tours have two exceptional ‘helpers’ who, like guides, explain some of the themes present in the permanent exhibition. These two helpers have been named by the Museum's followers through social media.
Gus is the name given to our first helper, who is none other than a silkworm. Silkworms make silk fibres, a material omnipresent in the exhibition and in the history of clothing in general. To do this, when they begin their adult phase, they produce a fine filament with which they wrap themselves until they form a cocoon or capsule. In this cocoon, the metamorphosis takes place, and they eventually emerge from it as adult moths. This cocoon, which can contain up to 5000 metres of silk thread, is unwound, combed and rewound to make it ready for weaving. Bombyx mori is the species that produces the best-quality silk.
The Museum's second helper is an indigo plant named Indi. The pigment used to make indigo dye, a type of blue, is obtained from this plant. It is a shrub with green leaves and flowers ranging in colour from pinkish to purplish, whose scientific name is Indigofera tinctoria. To obtain the pigment, the leaves - not the flowers - are immersed in water and left to ferment. The dyestuff, obtained via decantation, is then dried and used in the form of a bluish powder.
These self-contained educational materials provide tour routes through the permanent exhibition, guided by the characters of Gus and Indi:
We learn to identify the primary and secondary colours, as well as the mixtures that give rise to the whole chromatic arc. We also introduce the concept of fashion, explaining that the most popular colours in each period are not always the same.Salto de línea DOWNLOAD itinerary PROFESSIONS (Only in SP)
We recognise shapes and silhouettes in clothing and discover the volumes of our own bodies; it also serves to introduce the concept of the construction of personal image.Salto de línea DOWNLOAD itinerary FORMS (Only in SP)
We identify clothing, footwear and accessories and their uses. In addition, we introduce the concept of "genderless", applied to the current use of clothing.Salto de línea DOWNLOAD itinerary CLOTHING (Only in SP)
We open a window onto the professions in this sector and highlight our respect for the work behind the final product. We analyse some production and decorating processes, noting the difference between manufacturing and mechanised manufacturing. We also assess consumer habits in each context, from tailor-made suits to shopping malls. We also take the opportunity to consider the artistic and industrial component of design and to value authorship.Salto de línea DOWNLOAD itinerary PROFESSIONS (Only in SP)
We discover fashions as a set of expressions that go beyond clothing. Fashions and modes of dress over time are identified and each costume is contextualised in its historical and social moment through recognisable references that allow for ordered sequences of contexts, from the oldest to the most modern. In addition, the concept of the sociological component of fashion appears.Salto de línea DOWNLOAD itinerary CONTEXTS (Only in SP)
We explain the need for a public channel in order for a fashion to become popular and become a "fashion" in its own right. We also continue to work with the sociological component of fashion, but going deeper into concepts such as sustainability and the promotion of responsible consumption.Salto de línea DOWNLOAD itinerary IT'S IN FASHION (Only in SP)
Tour the permanent exhibition through the 11 main pieces.Salto de línea DOWNLOAD itinerary ALBUME (Only in SP)