We will involve citiens of Białystok in preserving the heritage of the local textile and design industries and working towards its future.
Białystok has been known for its rapidly developing textile industry since the 19th century. Currently, many industrial buildings still exist, but very few people remember their history. There are very few historical records documenting time of their operations, and there’s even less individuals who have first-hand memories of that period. We would like to bring that part of the city’s history back to life and incorporate it as part of today’s image of the city.
Our project and its specific elements are designed to shine new light on the history of Fasty – the third largest textile factory in the Polish People’s Republic – and its workers. Our foundation is in communication with a group of Fasty’s former employees. We will document their stories, collect photographs, and create an exhibit about their experiences. We believe that many citizens of Białystok will be interested in the exhibit that will provide them with a new perspective on the history of the city and the Fasty factory. We will also organize historic walks and artistic workshops. Additionally, we will organize a series of work visits to places of significance to the Polish textile tradition.
Our partner – Cultural Education Association “Widok” – is experienced in organizing workshops, exhibitions and creating publications related to preserving cultural heritage of our region, often collaborating with local communities. It will support us in conducting interviews, paperwork and organizing exhibitions and workshops.