Our Weaving History
Discover Our Weaving History
Weaving Museum Geldrop
Even before the year 1700 the ‘lakennijverheid’ (broadcloth industry) flourished in Geldrop. Even so, the textile industry only started booming in the year 1850. The great factories, chimneys and labourer and stately homes were built in this period. Some of these have been converted to restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal. The large houses at the Heuvel, in the Kerkstraat and at the Langstraat in Geldrop still show the opulence of the manufacturers. And there are many more places that will take you back to that time.
The sheep, which you can still see grazing, naturally were the suppliers of wool. Wool that was spun by the home weavers’ women, who in their turn wove sheets on a self-built weaving loom. Afterwards, these weavers walked with their sheets over the Cotton path to Geldrop to sell to the manufacturers there. Manufacturers had also built their own drinking room, so the weavers could spend their earnings right away.
The current street names, state monuments and other places of interest invite you to experience this colourful history in the cosy towns of today. Everything is seamlessly woven with each other.
Experience it by visiting the Weaving Museum, walking the textile route, discovering the of the Cotton path or enjoying a delicious meal at one of the atmospheric restaurants. While you’re at it, book one of the unique package arrangements which you cannot experience elsewhere in the Netherlands.
The Cotton Path lay somewhere between Mierlo and Geldrop. The path disappeared because not a single home weaver dared to walk it anymore. It was said to be haunted… Do you dare walk it? Buy the book, download the exciting Cotton Path app, discover more about the secret and walk the newly constructed path yourself.
Discover the route
Textile Route Geldrop
Geldrop-Mierlo has created a special textile route for the culture-lovers, but also if you’re crazy about fabrics and everything that has to do with the textile industry. A special route that takes you back to olden times via eight historical points. Download the route now.Download the route
Curious to find out more about our rich history in the textile industry?
Even before the year 1700 the ‘lakennijverheid’ (broadcloth industry) flourished in Geldrop. Even so, the textile industry only started booming in the year 1850. The great factories, chimneys and labourer and stately homes were built in this period.Visit the Weaving Museum