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Examples of twine binding.Examples of twine binding.Plant fibers are the oldest textile materials of mankind. They have been in use for millennia, long before the first woolly sheep appeared on the scene. Fine plaits, ropes, mats and even headwear and shoes made from lime bark, nettle, willow bark, grasses and rushes are known from the Stone Age.

During the workshop we are introduced to these prehistoric plaiting materials and techniques. The participants don't have to bring anything but a good dose of patience.

This Wednesday morning workshop is given by Dorothee Olthof, an expert in the field of archaeological textiles and in the reconstruction of medieval and later clothing.

Participants will be seated in the spacious workroom of the TRC, to guarantee the one and a half metre distance. Subject to national guidelines, participants may choose to wear a face mask. You may bring your own, but masks are also made available by the TRC. The TRC attendance protocol will apply.

This workshop is organised four times, on Wednesday 24th June, Thursday 25th June, Wednesday 15th July, and Thursday 16th July.

Dates: Wednesday, 24th June, 25th June, 15th July, 16th July. Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: TRC Leiden, Hogewoerd 164, 2351 HW Leiden, the Netherlands. Teacher: Dorothee Olthof. Language: Dutch. Costs: 35 euros. Materials / coffee / tea are provided. Max number of participants: 5. Please register in advance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Hogewoerd 164
2311 HW Leiden.
Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 /
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The TRC is open again from Tuesday, 2nd June, but by appointment only.

Bank account number:
NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59,
Stichting Textile Research Centre

TRC Gallery exhibition:
5 Febr. -27 August 2020: American Quilts

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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 000 298 2359, in the name of the Stichting Textile Research Centre.
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