Spinning Mill Area
The historic Forssa cotton mill was founded by Swedish-born Axel Wahren in 1847. The spinning mill was soon followed by a weaving mill, yarn dye works and the first industrial fabric printing plant in the country. The developing textile industry soon attracted people from near and far, and the small factory town grew into a city.
The spinning mill ceases operating in 1980, after which it has been renovated into a vibrant cultural centre and a fun place to visit.
Visit our museums and exhibitions, and enjoy refreshments at the terrace by the 36-meter-tall chimney. You can also check out the Kuhalankoski rapids and admire the green landscape which brings together the historic industrial red-brick architecture, as well as the park that borders it.
Forssa Spinning Mill Area
Weaving Mill Area
Forssa Weaving Mill Area offers a variety of interesting shops and services within the beautiful industrial red-brick walls of an old cotton factory.
Construction work for the Forssa Weaving Mill first strarted in 1854. Less than a decade later Forssa Co. established the first industrial-scale textile print in Finland. Since then the area has been the hub and heart of Finnish printed textiles. In the 1930's Forssa co merged with Finlayson. Finlayson increased the domestic input in textile design in 1951 by opening a design atelje dedicated for printed textiles. Industrial textile printing ended in the Weaving Mill Area 2009 and the buildings have been repurposed for commercial use.
Forssa Weaving Mill Area