Something Fine is doing a European textile research project. She got to visit the Pausa Textile Factory in Germany and browse through its 20,000+ samples. The factory has sat for six years waiting for funding to become a museum after undergoing liquidation in 2002. I hope that funding comes through, because what a mind-blowing resource it would be, and what a shame it would be for such a tremendous archive of textile history to get broken up or — shudder to think! — go to waste. It sounds like the company has a fascinating history and I would love to know more about it.
Also see Something Fine’s photo set of Pausa on Flickr, and look for more about her tour of the company building on her blog. Also be sure to check out her eBay shop, where she sells vintage fabrics from the 1950s-80s.