The museum has two collections as the name suggests -- textiles and decorative arts -- which complement each other with East and West as their two benchmarks.
And what a collection -- enough to inspire even the least creative amongst us, such as myself!
The textiles include Coptic tapestries and vestments, Persian textiles, Byzantine and Islamic fabrics, Oriental carpets, etc etc.
The Decorative Arts Museum displays ancient textiles as a decoration of an eighteenth century private residence. The silk exhibits were woven by well known craftsmen who are the pride of the Lyon region.
During my visit in May a temporary exhibition entitled "Legendary costumes, 20 years of Lyon Opera creation" was on and that was the icing on the cake for me. Accompanied by video clips of famous arias to match the costumes, I walked (on cloud 9 !) through several rooms of exceptional stage costumes of opera's most famous characters . The exhibition is on until September 21st 2014.
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