Sectiunea 1 – Fiare, trivete şi sobe

Section 1 - Pressing irons, trivets and stoves

The pressing iron collection is the largest in the world, and in 2016 was internationally certified. Since then, the number of the items has increased and today we have over 35,000 pieces .

This is the best place to learn about pressing irons, the different methods used for heating or about the various models for decorating them. The iron and its evolution follow that of mankind, through the ages, and offers a complete perspective and a better understanding of our history.

Fashion and clothes have always played an important role in the society and the wardrobe was even an indicator of the group you belonged to or the social status you had. Different historical periods or different places created different clothes, made of different fabrics which needed to be taken care in special ways. Important parts in what concerns the clothing of humans throughout history can be split in three main steps: the first one is the creation of the clothes, then there is the cleaning, and of course, pressing the fabric in order to remove the wrinkles.

All the cultural differences and the long period of time when men and women were so concerned about their appearance produced a great variety of designs and methods for pressing the materials which can be seen only in the largest collection of pressing irons in the world.

Trivete

The trivet collection represents an incredible universe in itself and it is amazing that such a vast part of history is a completion to another universe: the pressing irons. In 2016, it was pronounced as a world record, and since then other items have been added, therefore today we count over 15,000 pieces.

The main purpose of the trivets is to prevent contact between a heated object, like a pressing iron, and the surface or fabric underneath it. Some trivets were made in specific sizes and shape in order to fit a particular pressing iron. Manufacturers often created their own trivet which could be sold with a matching iron as a set.

Other trivets were made so that different irons with different shapes or sizes could be place on it. The purpose is the same, to protect the sole from getting dirty and the table or cloths from getting burnt, but one was not conditioned to buy another trivet when changing an old pressing iron.

The trivet collection has an importance in itself as the visitors can discover that the trivets were often ornamented and also had an esthetic role. Also, the trivets section completes the pressing iron collection and together they recreate the big picture of the forgotten history of humans, their relations with each other and with the society being at the same time the missing puzzle piece from the history of fashion.