The textile museum being planned by the municipality could host fashion shows, going by the civic body’s intentions.
The museum, to be built on a 61,000-sq-m plot in Lalbaug, is intended to document the textile industry’s history in Mumbai.
The plot of land has seven heritage structures, including a natural pond and the 40-m high chimney of India United Mills.
RA Rajeev, additional municipal commissioner, said, “The textiles field touches everybody’s life, and a fashion show would have wide appeal, in addition to a light and sound show about the history of Mumbai’s textile industry.”
The museum, to be built by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), is intended to depict details both technical — how the cotton was processed — and social mill workers’ lifestyles, their traditions and circumstances.
A textiles library is also on the cards.
“The light and sound show could be screened on the old mill wall during late evenings, depicting the culture at the time, how mills created history, the importance of the daily alarm in the lives of the locals,” said Rajeev.
Also part of the proposed museum complex is a landscaped garden and a restaurant.
Another proposed attraction is an annual fair that will host textile artisans from across the country, hopefully attracting textile traditions like Paithani and Banarsi.
The Lalbaug plot is the result of Development Control rules, which say mill owners who’ve been allowed to redevelop or sell their land have to hand over one-third of the open premises to the BMC and the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority.
As old mills across the city continue to change hands and turn into malls, housing complexes and office blocks, the BMC has so far got 1 lakh sq m as its share, and the Lalbaug plot is part of that landholding.