The sun-shade Museum in Gignese, near Stresa

This museum reminds the visitor of the main occupation of the inhabitants of Lake Maggiore. They had to emigrate and work as parasol-sellers and parasol-menders moving from town to town. The sun-shades were used by the noblewomen who needed to protect their pale complexion from the sun. Visiting this Museum you can learn about the history of this object, that was very fashionable in the past, you can see the materials and the different styles.