Pattern Centre

Pattern Centre

Pattern Centre is the home of the Forssa museum's collection of printed textiles. The space is divided into an exhibition space, museum shop, archive, and research facilities. The permanent exhibition opened its doors at the end of April 2022.

The exhibition includes information, illustrations, and photographs of designers and their time as well as printed textiles, made into textile installations. These installations have been created to showcase different styles and decades of Finnish printed textile design. You can learn about color layering, color theory, and textile printing in our exhibition that invites you to touch, feel and try for yourself!

Background in Finnish Textile History:
The new exhibition tells the story of Finnish textile printing, an industry that began in Forssa in the 1860s. Forssa maintained its status as a focal place of printmaking know-how and design, through the age of industrial textile printing in Finland, and continued onwards from the 1930s as an important part of Finlayson Co.

From the year 1951, the Forssa design studio hosted textile designers and artists who created patterns of different colors and designs: stripes, polka dots, florals, abstracts, and everything in between, always getting inspired by the movements of art, popular culture, architecture, and design of their time. These printed fabrics dressed our nation, decorated our homes, and spread across the border to international markets.

Opening hours for the summer season.
Mon: closed
Tue-Fri: 10-16
Sat-Sun: 12-16

Opening hours outside the summer season (September ->)
Mon: closed
Tue-Fri: 10-16
Sat-Sun: open upon request, please contact us in advance.

Images
LogoPattern Centre is located in an old dyeing plant.Kuosikeskus, Pattern Centre1970's florals from the Pattern Centre exhibition
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Pattern Centre is located in an old dyeing plant.
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Kuosikeskus, Pattern Centre
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1970's florals from the Pattern Centre exhibition
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