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TRC closed for the holidays

The TRC will be closed for the full month of July. We will open our doors again om Monday, 4th August 2014.


Recent acquisitions for the TRC library, July 2014

For the latest list of book reviews of new acquisitions for the TRC library, please see here. Previous annotated lists of books: December 2013February 2014, April 2014.



Jane Austen Day, Saturday 13 September, and two Regency Dress making workshops, Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 August, 2014

Jane Austen (1775-1817), portrayed by her sister, Cassandra.

Jane Austen (1775-1817), portrayed by her sister, Cassandra.

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.

Read more: Jane Austen Day, Saturday 13 September, and two Regency Dress making workshops, Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 August, 2014


TRC Gallery Exhibition: Weaving the World

7000 years of hand woven textiles in one exhibition!

TRC Gallery exhibition, 26 May – 25 September 2014

Woman in Lima, Peru, with backstrap loom. Photograph: Jefke van Iterson

Woman in Lima, Peru, with backstrap loom. Photograph: Jefke van Iterson

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!








Read more: TRC Gallery Exhibition: Weaving the World


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.

This five-day course has in the past already attracted students from around the world. The course is given by Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (PhD Manchester, UK), director TRC. The fees for a full week of tuition are 550 euros. The group of students is always limited to eight people, in order to ensure the greatest benefits to the participants. Please let us know as soon as possible whether you want to join ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).





Group visits

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

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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TRC Information








  • 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 

Financial gifts

The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59, in the name of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden. Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here.