Go inside the 21 and then upstairs to the 1st floor. “Soirie Vivante”, association under French law (loi 1901), is the only association for the conservation of Lyon silk heritage. It ensures the conservation of technique, expertise and archive documents. The municipal trimming workshop at 21 Rue Richan presents three massive trimming looms made of walnut tree dating from 1880. They belong to Madame Létourneau, “meilleure ouvrière de France” (best craftswoman of France). You’ll also see a backstrap loom, in one of the really last workshop-house of Canuts in Croix-Rousse. Look at the demonstrations in front of you, understand the techniques of weaving and the amazing mechanical invention of Jacquard. Visits from Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm and 4pm, no reservation needed. More information (in French) : www.soierie-vivante.asso.fr.