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Welcome to the Textile archive!

Here the rich textile heritage of the County of Västernorrland is gathered. Costumes, quilts, cloths, pieces of embroidery, patterns and sketches.

Here you'll find a treasure of patterns for handicrafters, artists and designers to be inspired by.


The collections of the textiles archive include about 8000 textile objects. Among these, the largest part is less than 1x1 meter in size - samples of fabric, cloths, napkins, pieces of tulle, women's caps for special occasions, parts of costumes and underwear.


Only ten percent consists of larger objects such as sheepskin quilts, long-pile rugs, table covers, damask cloths, premium linen. Articles of clothing, and women's clothing in particular, make up the remaining ten percent.

In the collection, there are also some pieces of handicraft and textile tools. The archives part consists of patterns and sketches, weaving instructions, weaving books, inventories, records and photographs.

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Opening hours

The textile archive is open Wednesday through Sunday
12 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed on Christmans Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter Eve, Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day. 

Free admission
A guided tour is included in the visit. In case you are visiting as a larger group, please call in advance to book a time.

Booked tours
Guided tours outside of the regular opening hours cost 25 SEK/person, though not less than 700 SEK.


A thousand threads.
A thousand years.
The exhibition gives us an image of the rich cultural heritage of the county.

Here you will find costumes for every day and for special occastions, quilts and ecclesiastical textiles. Tales of celebration and dancing, as well as tall stories of materials and handicraft belong to the story.



You will find us here

The textile archive is located in Sollefteå, about 500 km north of Stockholm.

By car
85 km from Härnösand
90 km from Örnsköldsvik with a travelling time of approximately 1,5 h.

By bus
There are bus connections from Härnösand, Örnsköldsvik and Östersund.

By train
Train to Härnösand, continue by bus

By plane
Kramfors/Sollefteå airport 32 km from Sollefteå.

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Contact us
You are welcome to contact us if you would like to find out more about our collections, activities or exhibitions.

Textilarkivet Västernorrland
Nipan 22
SE-881 52 Sollefteå

Telefon+46(0)611-886 00