The smaller space in the Marfà Factory in Mataró (Can Marfà) is hosting the extension of the Mataró Museum which is dedicated to the cultural heritage of the knitting industry, a key part of the history of textile industry in Catalonia.
The main exhibition, located on the first floor, allows us to reconstruct the history of the production of knitted fabric in Catalonia: the machinery, looms, historic dress, documents and furniture on display constitute the basis of an exhibition with a two-pronged approach. Firstly, it follows the manufacturing processes of a knitwear item. Secondly, it reviews the pivotal moments of the consolidation and development of this industry both locally and nationally from the second half of the 18th century until the final quarter of the 20th century. To make this content more accessible, visitors can access an audioguide in four languages which can be used on mobile devices with the Visitmuseum app.
The reserve space can be visited on the second floor and allows a closer look at knitting products. This space is periodically used to showcase a selection of pieces from the textile and clothing collection, reflecting the relationship between fashion and industry.
The architectural complex of the Marfà Factory, declared a Cultural Asset of Local Interest, is made up of two spaces built in 1880 and 1881 in the “Manchester” style, on the initiative of Gaietà Marfà i Baladia, son and grandson of hosiers based in Mataró since the early 19th century.
In the late 19th century, the Marfà factory incorporated all the manufacturing processes, from spinning to dressmaking, finishes and adornment. It had 22 sets of circular looms and two 100 hP steam engines. Until the first quarter of the 20th century its siren acted as the “clock” which set the city’s pace. It was the most important knitting factory in Spain, both in terms of the number of workers (around 1,500) and the volume and quality of its production: hosiery and undergarments, especially velvet, which it commercialised both at home and abroad.
During its long trajectory it sold its products under different brands, including Oso for undergarments and Fred Perry for sports clothing. The textile crisis of the 1970s and 80s left the factory in a delicate situation, prompting the Marfà family to retire in 1984. The workers set up a worker-owned company which was dissolved three years later and led to the definitive closure of the factory. Shortly afterwards the building became municipal property. In 2010 work began on its rehabilitation to adapt it as an extension of Mataró Museum, showcasing the city’s industrial past.
Thursdays and Fridays from 17:00 to 20:00
Saturdays from 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00
Sundays from 11:00 to 14:00
Museum closed on the following holidays:
1 and 6 January, Good Friday, Easter Monday, 1 May, 24 June, 27 July, 15 August, 11 September, 25 and 26 December.
On the third Sunday of every month, at 12:00 (except August)
On the third Saturday of every month, at 18:00
Pre-arranged group visits:
Information from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:00 on telephone no. 93 741 29 30 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Passatge de Can Marfà, 1 Mataró
93 758 26 42/ 93 758 24 01