Located in Bugey, the Jujurieux silk factory was founded in 1835 by the Bonnet company. In its heyday in the 1900s, it employed up to 2,000 workers. As a result of the recession in the 1960’s, the factory closed in 2001. Until then, the finest fashion houses in France and abroad called upon the knowledge of the factory’s workers. Subsequently, the Conseil Général de l’Ain took charge of this heritage site and turned it into a museum.
The museum tour is an opportunity to discover an amazing industrial heritage, and the factory was designated on the list of historically important sites – Monuments Historiques – in 2003. During a fun and enriching tour, discover one of the major silk factories in France from the 19th and 20th centuries. There are almost 300,000 pieces and documents in this astounding collection, retracing the history of Les Soieries Bonnet.
You can also get to know more about the silk trade through several workshops organised throughout the year, including feeding the silkworms, beginner’s hand painting on silk and weaving demonstrations. A must-see stop on the Bugey wine route!