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 will be given four times, in March, May, September and October. For next year, we have reserved three periods, in March, May and October. It 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: 14-17 September 2015, 12-16 October 2015, 21-25 March 2016, 16-20 May 2016, and 17-21 October 2016.
Fees for the full course, including the use of materials, are € 550 (2015) or € 600 (2016). Those who want to attend the course, please contact the TRC.
Wednesday morning workshop: 24 June. Appliqués from Egypt
To mark the end of the TRC’s Street of the Tentmakers (Cairo) exhibition, and continuing workshops on the same subject in January/February, the TRC’s Wednesday Workshop on 24 June is again about the history and use of appliqué and patchwork in Egypt. The workshop looks at various techniques, including the appliqué techniques used in ancient Egypt (based on items from the tomb of Tutankhamun, c. 1320 BC), the patchwork techniques used in Medieval Egypt, especially by the Mamluks (c. 1400 AD), and, of course, the appliqué techniques currently used by the men and women of the Street of the Tentmakers.
The workshop, given by Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, includes a PowerPoint presentation about the history of appliqué and patchwork in Egypt, a discussion about the various techniques, and of course the chance to experiment with these techniques. There will be three types of appliqué and patchwork to try out: Simple: Mamluk patchwork; Medium: Street of Tentmaker appliqué (large scale); Difficult: Tutankhamun style appliqué (small scale).
UPCOMING TRC EXHIBITION: DRESSING SHEBA
Textiles, garments and jewellery from Yemen, from 10 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.
Tutankhamun's Wardrobe and the TRC
The textiles and garments from the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun, who died ca. 1323 BC, have to date received scant attention, although they constitute the largest group of items from the tomb, and they certainly will provide a wealth of information about the state-of-the-craft of Egyptian and Middle Eastern textile production in the second half of the second millennium BC. The TRC is therefore very honoured, and thrilled, that the Egyptian museum authorities have recently granted Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, director TRC, and her team access to the conservation laboratories and other facilities of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt, in order to carry out, always under the supervision of GEM restoration specialists, a full examination of the Tutankhamun textiles, clothing and related items housed at GEM.
TEXTILE VISIONS FROM EGYPT
Appliqué panels from the Street of the Tentmakers, Cairo.
TRC Gallery exhibition, until 2 July 2015
One of the joys of walking around the bazaars of ancient Cairo is a visit to the Street of the Tentmakers. It is a 17th century complex of buildings, with a long street with shops filled with appliqué panels of the most amazing range of colours and designs.
The appliqués from the Street are part of a tradition that goes back to at least the time of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun (died 1323 BC). The new TRC exhibition includes historical and technical information as well as a very wide range of panels with traditional geometric designs, intricate Arabic calligraphy, ancient Egyptian tomb scenes, modern lotus designs, as well as birds, fishes, landscapes and folk stories. In fact, all aspects of traditional Egyptian life.
The exhibition at the TRC has been made possible with the help of the appliqué makers from the Street of the Tentmakers, Cairo, and the director and staff of the Netherlands-Flemish Institute, Cairo, Egypt.
The exhibition will be open to the general public, and free of charge, during the normal opening hours of the TRC (Monday-Thursday, 10.00 - 16.00). On Wednesdays and Thursdays, there are guided tours of the exhibition, starting two o'clock in the afternoon and lasting about one hour. Costs: 7.50 euro. Registration beforehand is not necessary.
The new digital TRC encyclopaedia of decorative needlework, although still 'work in progress', has now been put on line with more than 1300 entries. Enjoy ! Please click here
Over the last few months considerable time, energy and attention have been paid to the TRC library by one of our volunteers, Martine de Nijs. We are very happy to announce that the library has been totally re-numbered and is now open to the public.
There are currently about 2000 books in the library and many more new (to us) books are coming in. Within the last few weeks we have had a donation of books by Mr Bernard Kleikamp, Leiden, on textiles, clothing and jewellery from Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Poland, Tajikistan, etc. These are areas of the library we have long wanted to build up, so these volumes will help fill this lacuna in the TRC's facilities.
A list of the books in the library will soon become available on the TRC website. Please note that the books may be used at the TRC, but they cannot be 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.
Wednesday Morning Workshop, 25 November: Early Medieval Textiles
Textile finds from early medieval sites in the Netherlands and the surrounding countries show that needlework in the period before 1000 AD was not only functional but could be highly decorative as well. This is a feature that to date has received scant attention in literature. Participants of this workshop, which repeats and builds on a comparable TRC workshop held on 27 May, will learn about the special sewing techniques and materials used in this period, which is linked to Emperor Charlemagne and the Vikings. But they will also practice some of the decorative stitches that have been documented in ‘royal’ burials in England and Denmark and those used for several garments found in the Netherlands, including the Leiden area. Participants do not need to have any previous experience with needlework.
Date: 25 November. Time: 10.00 - 13.00 hrs. Venue: TRC, Hogewoerd 164.
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Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 !
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- 28 May: Guided tour exhibition, 14.00 hrs
- 24 June: Workshop Appliqués from Egypt
- 26 August: Workshop Yemeni embroidery
- 14-17 Sept.: Intensive Textile Course
- 30 Sept.: Workshop beaded necklaces
- 12-16 Oct.:Intensive Textile Course
- 28 Oct.: Workshop Straits Chinese beadwork
- 25 Nov.: Workshop medieval needlework
- 27 Jan. 2016: Workshop: What is embroidery?
- 21-25 March 2016:Intensive Textile Course
- 30 March 2016: Workshop Japanese kimonos
- 27 April 2016: Workshop Beaded necklaces
- 16-20 May 2016: Intensive Textile Course
- 25 May 2016: Workshop Sampels and samplers
- 17-21 Oct. 2016: Intensive Textile Course
- 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