During the second half of November, Lyon celebrates one of its great traditions: the story of silk making. For centuries, Lyon was the center of silk making, an industry which started in the Renaissance. At first housed in the cramped quarters of the main city, in the 18th century the weavers moved to La Croix-Rousse. Today the former working-class area has become a place for designers and artists, but it still retains its heritage in the tall weavers' houses that line the cobbled narrow streets and the Maison des Canuts (the House of the Silk Workers). Here you can take a guided tour and see an old jacquard loom at work.
During the festival the museum has special events while other museums in Lyon put on specific exhibitions on the art. There are workshops, events, the shops are full of silk and silk clothes and accessories and there's a silk fair from November 22nd to 25th at place de la Bourse (admission 2 euros, children free).