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Exhibitions provide us an important way to engage with public, and to visualize our methods and findings. During this five-year project, we organize exhibitions that, on the one hand, allow the audience to engage with 16th-century experience of  making (the sense of space, the materials and tools used in the early modern period, the processes and products, and so forth); and on the other, provide an opportunity for us to showcase the methods and results of our experimental work.

At the start of the project, we reconstructed an early sixteenth-century tailor’s workshop, in collaboration with a number of local Finnish crafts-people and using the famous image of a tailor’s and fabric shop from Castello Challant, Issogne (Valle d’Aaosta, 1489-1502) as a source of inspiration. The purpose of this exhibition was to provide us a platform -a kind of a performative stage- where we can speak about our work, disseminate knowledge of early modern craft and fashion practices, and discuss in an informal way with the audience.

At the end of the project, we will organize a second exhibition focusing on our experimental work. This exhibition will demonstrate the experiments that we have carried out during the project: the experiments we organized, the products that were made; and the tools that were used, and the expert knowledge needed for these experiments. This will be organized in connection to our final conference, 9–12 September 2021.


Sixteenth-Century Tailor’s Workshop

The exhibition recreated a sixteenth-century tailor’s workshop, modelled after early modern images, such as a fresco of drapers in Castello di Issogne, Italy, and introduced visitors to the tools and techniques used by early modern tailors.