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Hand knitted dress, by Eva Radu, Romania, c. 1970s (TRC 2020.0336a).Hand knitted dress, by Eva Radu, Romania, c. 1970s (TRC 2020.0336a).What can you do if you want to be fashionable, but cannot afford the prices or even see the garments in the first place?

One solution has just been donated to the TRC Leiden! The lady in question was Eva Radu (1932-2019) from Romania, who was a professional hand knitter. She was brought up in a poor family during the Communist period when Western fashion items were not widely available.

Since she was twelve Eva Radu had been knitting and selling the garments she had produced. Later in life she made a range of garments copying and adapting Western fashions. Some of these garments she sold, other items she wore. Ideas for these garments came from East German and Hungarian fashion magazines. Sadly, Mrs. Radu died in 2019 leaving various items, including pieces from her wardrobe such as dresses, skirts, jumpers, cardigans, etc., to various family members.

Radu Eva's granddaughter now lives in Amsterdam and is a follower of the TRC Facebook pages. She thought that some of her grandmother’s garments, with their intriguing story, would be of interest to the TRC in Leiden.

And they are! I have never seen knitted dresses before! Knitted jumpers and cardigans, yes, dresses no. They are of various different shapes and models. In addition there are several outfits including a hand knitted copy of a Chanel suit.

Lies van de Wege, the curator of the hand knitted socks exhibition (TRC 2019) has become fascinated by the garments and the history of a 20th century professional knitter. So the TRC decided that the Romanian garments will be used for a small, pop-up exhibition in the near future. The Romanian garments have now been made available online in the digital TRC catalogue (TRC 2020.0325 until TRC 2020.0390). If you can add more details to this story, please let us know at Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken..

Gillian Vogelsang, 25th February 2020


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