The museum is on the outskirts of Samugheo, a small town renowned for its flourishing textile production, and is housed in a new two-storey building.
The geographical isolation of this village over the centuries has preserved its cultural and handicraft traditions from the innovations introduced to other centres of Sardinia. This enabled the villagers to preserve an unchanged and flourishing traditional weaving art. The museum has several areas. Part of the exhibition is in the ethnographic section, housing traditional wooden looms and other weaving tools and equipment. Next comes a collection of traditional village-worn garments, including daily life and feast day clothes. Another section is taken up by the Cocco permanent collection. This includes precious 18th-century hand-made textiles in wool, cotton and flax. Some of the rarest pieces are 'affaciadas', tiny carpets hung from balconies during the Corpus Domini procession.
A whole area of the building is reserved for thematic exhibitions showcasing the range and most exquisite examples of textile art, still handed down from mother to daughter and very much alive in Samugheo. The Museum also has an educational space, where videos on weaving art and techniques are shown. There are also two practice looms, one vertical, the other horizontal, which visitors can use to learn and compare the ancient and modern weaving techniques.
While in other parts of Sardinia, traditional textile weaving, once a flourishing activity throughout Sardinia, has gradually declined, it is still a vibrant art form in Samugheo. The guided tour of the museum aims at recovering and preserving the Sardinian textile craft heritage. The museum includes rare ancient pieces, such as five 18th-century 'tapinu de mortus'. These are very rare textiles for funerary use, so rare that in Sardinia there are only eight extant, including those at the museum of Samugheo.
Address: via Bologna, 09086 Samugheo. Phone: +39 0783 631052 Managing Agency: Municipality of Samugheo