Jane Austen Day, Saturday 13 September, and two Regency Dress making workshops, Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 August, 2014
On Saturday 13th September the Jane Austen Centre in Bath (UK), will be holding a Guinness Book of Record World attempt at the greatest number of people wearing Regency clothing! Click here for more information.
In order to support this amazing and fun event, and who does not know Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the TRC is organising a special Jane Austen Day, on Saturday 13 September, from 13.00-17.00 hrs. The celebrations include a special open day for people to see the current exhibition and a special display of late 18th, early 19th century textiles (one day only!). Visitors will also have a chance to see a recent and very special donation to the TRC, namely a tulle lace veil given by the Russian princess, Anne Paulowna, wife of King Willem II, to a Dutch lady in 1820. There will also be various talks about Regency period fashion and clothing, and last, but by no means least, a Regency High Tea provided by the TRC! This High Tea is free for any visitor who comes in Regency style clothing.
In order to encourage people to come in style, the TRC and the Handwerkstudio Leiden are organising two workshops, on a Saturday afternoon, 16 and 23 of Augustus, from 13.00-16.00 hrs. Workshop participants, under the guidance of the professional seamstress, Liz Chaipraditkul from the Leiden Handwerkstudio, will be able to make their own Regency dresses. Each workshop lasts three hours and it is possible to sign up for one or both of them.
TRC Gallery Exhibition: Weaving the World
7000 years of hand woven textiles in one exhibition!
TRC Gallery exhibition, 26 May – 25 September 2014
The Gallery exhibition at the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, is a must for textile lovers.
The exhibition includes some of the oldest textiles in the world. They come from Çatal Hüyük (Turkey). These tiny fragments are about 7000 years old, and what a story they tell about the long history of hand weaving! Other unusual items on display include textiles that were originally wrapped around the Dead Sea Scrolls, examples of Coptic tapestries from Egypt, as well as medieval and Renaissance velvets and silk woven textiles. All of them are hand woven!
Five-Day TRC Intensive Textile Course, 13-17 October 2014
Between Monday 13 and Friday 17 of October, 2014, the TRC organises, for the tenth time, its very popular five-day intensive course about textiles and all that goes with them. Earlier this year, between 17-21 March and 12-16 May, the same course was attended by participants from the British Museum, London, and other institutes. The course, which is being given in English, looks at the processes of making a piece of cloth, from the raw fibres to the end product. The participants will learn about the theory and practice of fibre identification, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and decorative techniques including printing and embroidery. The course is practically orientated and the students are encouraged to try out the wide range of techniques that are being discussed. This means that they will use microscopes and staining techniques for fibre identification. They are introduced, and asked to use, a wide variety of hand spindles and spinning wheels. They also apply natural dye stuffs and mordants to produce dozens of different colours. Students may bring pieces of textiles that they would like to discuss during the course. An extensive report on the course was written by Dr. Paula Hohti (University of Copenhagen), who attended the course in May 2013. Another report is by Alice Dolan, University of Hertfortshire, who attended the course in May 2012 together with Professor John Styles. For more information about the Intensive Course, with the course programme, click here. The course will be repeated between 16-20 March 2015 and again between 18-22 May 2015. Please register well in advance.
TRC welcomes groups of visitors who want to visit the current exhibition, listen to a lecture, or attend a tailor-made workshop on spinning, weaving, dying, or trying on ancient Egyptian clothing replicas, and so forth. Or simply would you like to come together in a congenial environment? Please contact the TRC. We will be happy to organise a wonderful programme, during the week, in the evenings, or even during the weekend, set up especially for your group or company. In this way you can give any excursion or festivity some extra cachet.
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 25 May until 25 September 2014: Weaving the World
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- 6 August: Guided tour of exhibition Weaving the World. 14.00-15.30 hrs. €7.50
- 7 August: Guided tour of exhibition Weaving the World. 14.00-15.30 hrs. €7.50
- 13 August: Guided tour of exhibition Weaving the World. 14.00-15.30 hrs. €7.50
- 14 August: Guided tour of exhibition Weaving the World. 14.00-15.30 hrs. €7.50
- 16 august: Workshop Regency clothing
- 20 August: Guided tour of exhibition Weaving the World. 14.00-15.30 hrs. €7.50
- 21 August: Guided tour of exhibition Weaving the World. 14.00-15.30 hrs. €7.50
- 23 August: Workshop Regency clothing
- 13 September: Jane Austen Day
- 13-17 October: Intensive Textile Course