The Fabric Museum of Lyon was inaugurated in 1864 through the initiative of the Lyon Chamber of Commerce. For some years it adopted the name of the Museum of Art and Industry. In 1925, it also became part of the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts.
This Museum boasts a collection of 2.5 million pieces, being the most comprehensive in the textile industry worldwide and illustrating over 4,500 years of history. The Museum displays truly exceptional pieces, such as the only preserved Egyptian pleated tunic found today. The Lyon area is famous for its textile industry, with factories and silk scarf workshops for luxury brands still operating in the region. The Museum also offers unparalleled work in the restoration of textile and clothing items for those who seek this.
The Lyon region is also home to what is the second largest cluster of technical and functional textiles in the European Union, with a number of companies distinguished by the innovative nature of their products, exerting a major influence on the automobile, sport and health sectors, to name but a few.