Wednesday Morning Workshops
Every last Wednesday of the month, the TRC organises a workshop between ten in the morning and one in the afternoon. The meetings combine theory and practice, or, in other words: participants will watch, listen, and do. No prior knowledge or experience is required. These workshops were started in October last year and have proven to be a great success, and most of them do in fact attract more people than the maximum we can take (15). All workshops are led by various specialists in the field. Language of communication is Dutch, but English will also be used if required.
The costs are €25, including coffee/tea and working materials. Further information and invoice will be sent in advance to those who have registered for participation.
Wednesday morning workshop, 26 August: Yemeni embroidery
The upcoming embroidery workshop on the 26th August links up with the current TRC exhibition on Yemeni clothing and jewellery. The workshop focuses on a particular type of chain stitch embroidery. One dress that has been selected from the exhibition, which will be discussed in detail, comes from the Jebel Heraz region of western Yemen. It is made of indigo dyed cotton cloth and embellished with embroidery worked in a thick cotton thread. The patterns are worked in variations on a chain stitch and include the straight chain stitch; isolated chain stitch (straight and twisted forms); zig-zag chain stitch; spiked chain stitch and trianglular pendants made of chain stitch. These stitches are, in turn, used in combination with other stitches, such as blanket stitch, Roumanian stitch and running stitch.
The participants to the workshop will be introduced to all the intracacies of this dress and its decoration, and then be encouraged to try out some of the decorative techniques and designs themselves. Prior knowledge and/or experience is not required. Registration in advance, however, is necessary, since the number of participants is limited.
TRC Intensive Textile Courses in 2015 and 2016
In 2015 and 2016, the TRC is again running its successful five-day intensive course on textiles. This year, the course is given five times, in March, April, May, September and October. For next year, we have reserved three periods, in March, May and October. The course is being taught in English by Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, textile and dress historian and director of the TRC. The course is a mixture of theoretical and practical elements, with an emphasis on trying out the various techniques of textile production (spinning, dyeing, weaving), on holding and examining fibres, textiles and finished items, all in order to learn and understand what is happening and why various combinations take place. The aim is to make textiles less ‘frightening’ and allow people to look at a textile, from virtually any historical period or culture, and be able to understand it. A personal impression of the course by one of the students who attended this course in October 2011 can be read here. Another report, written by dr. Paula Hohti from the University of Copenhagen, who attended the course in May 2013, can be consulted by clicking here. Dates of the next courses: 14-18 September 2015 (one place left), 12-16 October 2015 (fully booked), 21-25 March 2016, 16-20 May 2016, and 17-21 October 2016.
Fees for the full course, including the use of materials, are € 600. Those who want to attend the course, please contact the TRC.
Upcoming TRC exhibition: Dressing Sheba
Garments and jewellery from Yemen, from 17 August until 17 December 2015
The image of the Queen of Sheba, dressed in exotic textiles, clothing and jewellery and dancing in front of King Solomon, has fired the imagination of artists for hundreds of years. The Biblical land of Sheba, now known as the Republic of Yemen in the extreme southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, has long been described as the source of abundant trade goods, including emeralds and rubies, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral and incense (Book of Ezekiel 27:16). Dutch traders in the 17th and 18th centuries went to Yemen to acquire silk (stickzijde) and metal threads (goudtraet), silk textiles and much more that came from as far away as Syria, Egypt, Iran, India, China and Indonesia, to bring them back to The Netherlands for its wealthy citizens. In the 20th century Yemen was still attracting trade from all over the world. Sadly, in recent days Yemen has become the scene of a bloody civil war and interference from outside.
The TRC is building up a thriving and colourful Facebook community. With by now (July 2015) more than 900 'friends', this medium has become an important tool for disseminating information about the TRC, and about textiles in general. Read brief and up-to-date items about the TRC and other textile and dress related subjects. And all with beautiful photographs! Subscribe with 'like', and automatically receive all the new information. Click on the logo !
Over the last few months considerable time, energy and attention have been paid to the TRC library. We are very happy to announce that the library has now been totally re-numbered and is now open to the public. Currently the TRC library holds some 2000 titles. Shortly we will also put the catalogue on line. All of this work has been done by the TRC library group, which includes Deandra de Looff, Martine de Nijs, and Marieke Roozeboom. Please bear in mind that books can be consulted, but not borrowed.
The next stage is to catalogue the TRC's collections of articles, postcards, and so forth, in order to make the TRC into a well-rounded documentation centre for the study of textiles and clothing!
The Textile Research Centre wants to stimulate people to discover the World of Dress at home. The TRC therefore is gradually expanding its shop and its range of products. You can buy new and secondhand books on textiles and dress, including Dutch regional dress, but also on the history of fashion, and 'how-to-do' subjects. The shop has craft items from all over the world, in particular handmade jewellery. There are woven Syrian sheep bands, knitted objects from Peru, embroidered Turkish lavender bags with oya decoration, gaudily decorated caps from Afghanistan, and many other beautiful and interesting objects. We also sell a wide range of picture postcards of textiles and costume.
The shop also sells collection care items, including acid free paper and boxes for storing your delicate textiles and articles of dress, rolls for more compact storage of long textile items, heads and wigs for display purposes, etc. The TRC sells a range of tools, materials and threads for spinning, crochet, embroidery, hairpin lace production, and silk cocoons for making silk paper.
A new line in this assortment is a wide range of beads for making or restoring Dutch regional dress items, including imitation garnets, blood coral and jet, plus all sorts of metal and glass seed beads for embroidery. You can find all these items in the TRC shop for very reasonable prices. You are very welcome to visit the TRC shop at our premises along the Hogewoerd, but you can also visit the shop at home, via our website. It is very easy to order books or other objects digitally. Click at "Shop". We hope you will enjoy it.
To see the range of articles that are for sale in the TRC shop, and/or place your order digitally, go the the SHOP heading at the top of this page.
TRC in a nutshell
Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428 email@example.com
Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 10.00-16.00 hrs, other days by appointment.
Bank account number: NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59
Entrance is free, but donations are always welcome !
Exhibition from 17 August until 17 December 2015: Dressing ShebannnnnnWorkshop on preparing fibres before the spinning process. WWnnn
- 3 July - 2 August: TRC closed
- 3 August: TRC open again
- 17 August: Opening new Yemen exhibition
- 26 August: Workshop Yemeni embroidery
- 14-18 Sept.: Intensive Textile Course
- 30 Sept.: Workshop traditional woollen cloth from Leiden
- 12-16 Oct.: Intensive Textile Course
- 28 Oct.: Workshop Straits Chinese beadwork
- 25 Nov.: Workshop medieval needlework
- 16 December: Workshop: Bethlehem embroidery
- 27 Jan. 2016: Workshop: Threading necklaces: Professional tips
- 24 February: Workshop: East European and Balkan embroidery
- 21-25 March 2016: Intensive Textile Course
- 30 March 2016: Workshop Japanese kimonos
- 16-20 May 2016: Intensive Textile Course
- 25 May 2016: Workshop Sampels and samplers
- 17-21 Oct. 2016: Intensive Textile Course
- Newsletter June 2015
- Newsletter May 2015
- Newsletter February 2015
- Newsletter January 2015
- Newsletter Winter 2014/2015
- Textile visions from Egypt, January-August 2015. Click here
- Weaving the World. Exhibition May - September 2014. Click here.
- What is embroidery? Exhibition October 2013 - January 2014. Click here
- Cover Your Head exhibition, September 2012, click here
- Beyond the Chador exhibition, February 2013, click here