In connection with the rapid spread of the corona virus and in line with government recommendations, the TRC has decided to remain closed to the public until at least 28 April. This also means that various activities planned for this period have been cancelled or postponed.
In the meantime, the TRC focusses on describing and photographing textiles for the TRC online catalogue, writing blogs on specific TRC related subjects, developing online exhibitions, publishing embroidery charts based on items in the TRC collection, and planning 'real' activities for when the TRC can open its doors again. We also organised an extra TRC Intensive Textile course, from 17-21 August (see below).
In doing all of this, the TRC is enthusiastically supported by all its volunteers and others who are willing to spend time and thought on promoting and making accessible the unique resources of the TRC.
Unfortunately, the TRC had to cancel the Intensive Textile courses that were planned for March and April of this year. The spread of the corona virus made it impossible for participants to travel and meet at the TRC in Leiden. We hope that restrictions will be lifted soon, and that we can continue with the planned 21-25 September and 16-20 November courses.
To make up for the cancellations, we have decided to organise an extra Intensive Course, this summer, from 17-21 August. This course will be taught in Dutch; the September and November courses will be taught in English, although if required both languages can be used. To anticipate any possible corona problems, the TRC will accept the payment of the fees on the very first day of the course. No advance payments are required. Advance registration, however, is required. For further information, and a extensive description of the course, see here.
A plus side to the current corona virus situation is that many people now have more time to read books! The diversity of some of the available textile and dress books recently acquired by the TRC Library is reflected in a new annotated book list for March 2020.
As with so many cultural institutes and other groups around the world, the TRC Leiden is shut until the end of March, or possibly longer. Sadly we have had to cancel or postpone various events, workshops and courses.
But at the same time we are looking ahead and busily planning lots of activities for when things settle down, including a summer school, a quilting week, a two-day embroidery identification course, basic embroidery and knitting lessons, a 'making' weekend and so much more!
We are also working on several digital exhibitions, so that you can still enjoy the TRC Collection without actually physically having to come to Leiden (although it is always best to see the real things).
TRC 2020.0462). The display is on show in the workroom of the TRC.In March/April 2020, the TRC presents a mini exhibition on Tenerife lace, following the recent acquisition by the TRC of a beautiful Tenerife lace collar (
Tenerife (also spelt Teneriffe) lace is a form of needle woven lace that includes a series of individual discs or rosettes. It was developed in Europe in the 19th century. It has become particularly associated with the Spanish island of Tenerife, in the Atlantic, where it was worked by women and girls and sold mainly via the trousseau market and a growing tourist trade. Tenerife lace was also exported to various Spanish colonies in South America, where it became known as naduti (‘web’, as in spider’s web).
Mayflower 400 Year, commemorating the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers in America in 1620, having lived in Leiden for some ten years previously, the TRC Leiden is presenting an exhibition that explores the history, meaning and making of these colourful objects over the last 200 years.A quintessential feature of many American homes is a bed covering, more generally known as a quilt. It has featured in many films, books and stories about rural and urban life in the USA. As part of the
The exhibition includes examples from before the American Civil War (1861-1865), the late Victorian era, the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the Revival of the quilt craft in the 1970s.
There is a Crazy Quilt from Minnesota made in 1890s (TRC 2019.2925), and another quilt from the late nineteenth century that contains an even older example. There is also a Native American Indian quilt (early twentieth century; TRC 2019.2041), an African-American example (1930s) and a glorious appliqué quilt from a grand house in the USA (1860s; TRC 2019.2402).
For a photographic impression, please click here.