The space housing the exhibition allows for a global view of the world of these narrow strips of cloth, especially now that it includes the whole range of 1,001 ribbon products from ribbons to braids in all their many variations, made from different raw materials and with a huge number of applications. It is a relatively unknown textile specialty, but one of great importance and with strong roots in our country and above all in Manresa, still considered a specialised centre within the Spanish an international market.
The exhibition devoted to ribbon manufacturing features an ample and exhaustive collection of pieces. Here you'll find an excellent sampling of various historic processes involved in tape and ribbon weaving and a whole manner of textile products which we like to refer to as accessories, such as military stripes, jacquard ribbon and tassels, among others. The exhibition also features various types of textile-related machinery, from 18 th century silk looms to an entire wooden structure of a ribbon factory from the 20 th century, along with many other related objects from this world. In this way, the exhibition examines the evolution of the industry, starting with workshops located in homes, up to a 21 st century modern factory that produced ribbons.
In September 2008, the Manresa Museum of Technology permanently opened its doors to the public upon completion of its building's rehabilitation works and the permanent exhibition on Ribbon Weaving. Located in an emblematic building, the Museum presents two permanent exhibitions that examine two milestones in the history of Manresa: the arrival of water to the city with the medieval La Sèquia canal, and the Ribbon Weaving exhibition, an appealing journey through the unknown world of narrow fabrics.
Located in the emblematic old water reservoir of Manresa (Dipòsits Vells de Manresa) collected and stored water from the Sèquia (a medieval canal built in the 14 th century, 27 km in length, which diverted water to the city of Manresa originally for agricultural purposes but later on for industrial development), is the building that houses the Manresa Museum of Technology, the perfect backdrop to acquaint visitors with the history of this medieval canal that is so important to Manresa and Pla de Bages.
The exhibition La Sèquia i l'aigua (Drought and water) presents the channel as a monument from a historical perspective, as a work of medieval engineering, also showing the great advantages as well as the economic and social consequences resulting in the city from this architectural masterpiece.