09 Jan 2024

Forssa Textile Week 2024

The first event in August 2023, brought together Finnish and Japanese designers and manufacturers around current topics. The event welcomed an estimated 2000-3000 visitors. The program included pop-up sales, discussion about the textile industry, entrepreneurship, education, and design, as well as exhibitions. Partners for 2023 were the Finnish Textile and Fashion, Aalto University, Textile Artists' Association TEXO in Finland, and Yosowoigarden in Japan.


Forssa Textile Week:
Patterns, Design and Sustainable Textiles

On 15th - 18th August 2024 Forssa Museum will host the second Forssa Textile Week focusing on patterns, design, and sustainable textiles. The event aims to better the role of responsible design and textiles in our society. Our goal is to nurture the sharing and exchanging of ideas between designers, industry professionals, and artists, as well as textile and design educators and students. Forssa Textile Week 2024 brings together people to discuss current phenomena concerning patterns and design. The discussions consider sustainability, longevity, and responsible practices. In addition, the event brings exhibitions and textile pop-up sales to the city center of Forssa!

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Are you interested in joining Forssa Textile Week? Do you know someone who might be interested? 

Registration for the 2024 Forssa Textile Week

Forssa Textile Week 2024



Our permanent exhibition City of Colourful Cloth tells how Forssa evolved from a group of farming villages in the middle of the 19th century into a modern industrial city.

It tells how Axel Wahren founded Forssa and how “cotton angels” came to work in the factory. It tells about the time when the river through the city got blue, green or red, depending on the dyeing plant. It also tells about later days when rotating machines produced kilometres of colourful cloth, and when houses were made of concrete.

Opening hours

Mon closed
Tue-Fri 10-16
Sat 10-14 (summer season 12-16)
Sun 12-16



The Pattern Centre is home to our museum's collection of printed textiles. The space is divided into an exhibition space, museum shop, archive, and research facilities.

The new exhibition tells the story of Finnish textile printing, an industry that began in Forssa in the 1860s. Forssa maintained its status as a focal place of printmaking know-how and design, through the age of industrial textile printing in Finland, and continued onwards from the 1930s as an important part of Finlayson Co.

From the year 1951 onwards the Forssa design studio hosted textile designers and artists who created patterns of different colors and designs: stripes, polka dots, florals, abstracts, and everything in between, always getting inspired by the movements of art, popular culture, and design of their time. These printed fabrics dressed our nation, decorated our homes, and spread across the border to international markets.

Our permanent exhibition includes information, illustrations, and photographs of designers and their time as well as printed textiles, made into textile installations. These installations have been created to showcase different styles and decades of Finnish printed textile design. You can learn about color layering, color theory, and textile printing in our exhibition that invites you to touch, feel and try for yourself!

We are open, starting April 30th, 2022

Mon closed
Tue-Fri 10-16
Sat-Sun 12-16
(outside the summer season upon request during weekends)

Address: Wahreninkatu 13, 30100 Forssa


RONTTISMÄKI factory workers' house museum

Experience the living of local industrial workers and craftsmen in the 1880s in a complex of three wooden houses. The Workers House Museum is open during events in the summertime. All the events are free of charge. You can visit or book a tour outside the events by contacting the museum staff in advance by email or phone:

+358 3 4141 5101

Location: 2. Linja 5-7, Forssa



10.-29.1. Anne Vilkuna: Paintings, "Piece by piece"

31.1.–26.2. Veera Nivalainen: Sharing fruit and other intimate encounters.

28.2.-26.3. Outi Rämö: Paintings

28.3.–23.4. Jaana Saario: Paintings and frescos. 

25.4.-7.5.  Keramiikka-artesaanit, lopputyönäyttely. Forssan ammatti-instituutti. 

9.5.-21.5. Forssan lasten ja nuorten kuvataidekoulu, lopputyönäyttely.

23.5-18.6. Elisabeth San Miguel: Installations.

20.6.-16.7.  Työryhmä Pehmeä puoli ( Työryhmä  Heidi Hakkarainen, Sirpa Hannele Heinonen, Lotta Leka, Kirke Muhonen, Janne Raappana, Katariina Rantala, Kristiina Töyry, Leena Vainio, Hanna Valtokivi, Sanna Ristolainen, Marika Viskari ja Heli Väisänen. )

18.7.-13.8. Petra Kallio: Graphic art.

17.-20.8. Naomi Ito ja Anu Tuominen: Helminä 

22.8.-10.9.  Valokuvaaja Jussi Pohjakallion lehtikuvia (SK) 1950-luvulta.  Journalistic photographs.

12.9.-8.10Veera Inkeri: Installations

10.10-5.11. Pia Männikkö:  Installations

7.11.-3.12. Niina Hiltunen: Textile art.

4.12- 7.1.2024 Niko Saarinen: Drawings and sculptures.

The picture is form an art exhibition by Noora Ylipieti - Toisia palveleva rakkaus, 2019.



If interested, please send in your application including an exhibition plan, CV, photographs of your previous work or exhibitions, and your preferred time for the exhibition.

Application time for the year 2023 starts in April 2022

Exhibition times will be decided during the summer season. We will contact the artists chosen for the year 2023 during the summer of 2022.

Gallery space is approximately 80m2.

Rent for the exhibition space is 80 € for the first week + 40 € every week after that (includes VAT24%). The standard exhibition time is 4 weeks, but exceptions can be made.

For more information + sending in your application please contact us via phone or email:
+358 3 4141 5101

Mailing address:
Forssan museum
PL 62
30101 Forssa

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