Strohmuseum (Straw museum) Wohlen

My sister Saša is something of an expert on straw hat making, especially in and around our home town of Domžale. As it turns out, the town of Wohlen in central Switzerland also took part in the straw boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We went to visit the little museum they’ve opened there – really nicely laid out in a beautiful old Villa with a fabulous garden –  worth a visit!

wpid2395-DSCF1128.jpg

Lev came with us too…

wpid2401-DSCF1145.jpg

sisters

wpid2403-DSCF1149.jpg

Tina enjoying the museum

wpid2405-DSCF1153.jpg

museum groundskeeper

wpid2409-DSCF1156.jpg

The Strohmuseum is in a gorgeous old villa…

wpid2411-DSCF1157.jpg

fall colors

wpid2413-DSCF1169.jpg

catalog samples

wpid2415-DSCF1171.jpg

fashion straw ornaments

wpid2417-DSCF1173.jpg

hats hats hats

wpid2419-DSCF1176.jpg

machines

wpid2421-DSCF1179.jpg

straw-making machines

wpid2423-DSCF1185.jpg

ornament templates

wpid2425-DSCF1187.jpg

you can try these yourself!

wpid2427-DSCF1188.jpg

tools

wpid2429-DSCF1193.jpg

raw material

wpid2431-DSCF1194.jpg

braid spinning machine

wpid2433-DSCF1198.jpg

the museum houses volumes of catalogs from the straw-business days

wpid2435-DSCF1199.jpg

villa interior

wpid2437-DSCF1201.jpg

the exhibit includes a “dressing room” where you can try on different hats…

wpid2439-DSCF1204.jpg

Tina posing

wpid2441-DSCF1205.jpg

they also have gentlemen’s hats

wpid2443-DSCF1208.jpg

and gentlewomen’s

wpid2445-DSCF1212.jpg

All manner of straw-hat making techniques are represented

wpid2447-DSCF1213.jpg

Molly not sure about her choice

wpid2449-DSCF1216.jpg

Reflection

wpid2451-DSCF1218.jpg

a hat requires a face to go with it

wpid2453-DSCF1221.jpg

they also played music…

wpid2455-DSCF1226.jpg

our ethnographer-guide looking serious

wpid2457-DSCF1229.jpg

top hats!

wpid2459-DSCF1230.jpg

enthusiasm

wpid2461-DSCF1244.jpg

beautiful surroundings

wpid2463-DSCF1247.jpg

the back side of the villa

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s