The Gallery

Textile Arts Factory is an exhibition space in Thessaloniki, Greece housing textile art in all its possible forms. The outlet of a former weaving factory was remodeled to an elegant gallery space showcasing the works of national, regional and international textile artists. Moreover, the gallery serves as a supportive platform to promote educational workshops, master classes, performances and art shows. We also intend to move the exhibitions beyond the gallery’s confines to multiple private and public venues in order to introduce the public to various original textile artworks. Textile Arts Factory was created by independent curators and textile artists.

The history of the space
The weaving factory in Neapoli, Thessaloniki was founded in 1955 by Damian Asaroglou, who underwent a four years’ period of apprenticeship at a major weaving factory and became a cotton weaver at the age of 26. He started his own weaving business in 1925 establishing a small weaving mill in a two-storey building. He and his wife, Euphegenia, commenced weaving on two wooden handlooms. They worked very hard to increase their textile production. Later, the original looms were replaced by three sulzer looms and textile machinery, such as cops winder made by the Wuppertal company Hacoba, spinning machine, and warping mill. In the factory courtyard machines for bleaching and dyeing the cotton hank yarn were installed. After 30 years of operation, the old building was demolished and a new building was constructed. The owners maintained the motorized looms, as, according to their philosophy, the looms could clearly perceive the traditional style of the woven products.

The old weaving factory now converted into an exhibition space dedicated to all forms of textile arts
The company after 50 years of continuous operation was continued by the daughter of the owners for only 5 years until the factory was finally closed in 2010.The company produced popular traditional textile products mainly made of cotton, such as curtain fabrics, sheet fabrics, toweling fabric, and traditional Greek dance costumes’ waistbands. Today the looms and the textile machinery are still in site which is open to public visits.