Textile Research Centre

New online TRC exhibition. Lace Identification: 7 examples

The TRC is very proud to announce a new online exhibition about the identification of lace. The exhibition has been developed by two TRC volunteers, Lisa Dilitz and Olga Ieromina. The exhibition explains the small, but significant differences in the technique of some forms of handmade lace and their machine made imitations. The exhibition can be downloaded here.

 

Asia Week programme of the TRC, 14-19 July, 2019

Jacket from the Dutch island of Marken, decorated with Indian-style material, 1937 (TRC 2007.0525c).

Jacket from the Dutch island of Marken, decorated with Indian-style material, 1937 (TRC 2007.0525c).

Asia Week programme at the Textile Research Centre (TRC), Hogewoerd 164, Leiden, from 14-19 July, organised on the occasion of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), Leiden, 16-19 July.

For all TRC activities listed below, please register for participation at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . ICAS participants enjoy free access to lectures and workshops (please show your badge!); others are also very welcome, but there is a fee of €5 for lectures and €25 for the workshops.

Lectures, and the drinks/buffet on Sunday 14th and on Friday 19th are open free of charge to all who are interested to join in, ICAS participants and everybody else, but again, registration in advance is appreciated.

The programme coincides with a special TRC exhibition, Out of Asia: 2000 Years of Textiles. Entrance to the TRC Gallery is free of charge.

The TRC is open on Sunday 14th July from 13.00 – 19.00, and Monday 15th until Friday 19th from 09.30 – 17.30.

Read more: Asia Week programme of the TRC, 14-19 July, 2019

 

Krakow and Auschwitz: beauty and horror

Part of a costume gallery with local clothing. Courtesy Museum of Ethnography, Krakow, Poland.

Part of a costume gallery with local clothing. Courtesy Museum of Ethnography, Krakow, Poland.

On Wednesday, 5th June 2019, Willem Vogelsang wrote:

I am just back from six days in the beautiful town of Krakow, Poland. It was an academic meeting that took me there in the first place, but fortunately I had the chance to stay a few days longer to get to know Krakow a little bit better.

I was really taken with the ethnographic museum, which houses a large and beautiful collection of regional clothing from Krakow and surroundings. To be precise, the name of the Museum is the Muzeum Etnograficzne im. Seweryna Udzieli w Krakowie. It was established in the early 20th century, and its holdings are very much based on the folk art brought together by the collector, Seweryn Udziela. The Museum is currently housed in the former town hall of Kazimierski, a suburb of Krakow. Most of the collection, as said, reflects Polish culture, and in particular that of southern Poland.

Read more: Krakow and Auschwitz: beauty and horror

   

Weekend Workshop: What is lace?, 31 Aug - 1 Sept. 2019

Lace is one of the finest fabrics that human hands can produce. It has been made, in its many forms, for centuries and reflects changes in life style, fashion and technology. But there are many questions around the concept of lace, including what actually is lace? How is it made? And how can you identify the various forms? These are the main questions (and there are many more) that will be answered during the two-day course.

Read more: Weekend Workshop: What is lace?, 31 Aug - 1 Sept. 2019

 

A Russian ribbon with a history

A St. George ribbon, produced and distributed in Russia to mark the end of World War II (May 2019). TRC collectiom

A St. George ribbon, produced and distributed in Russia to mark the end of World War II (May 2019). TRC collectiom

On Saturday, 18th May 2019, TRC volunteer Shelley Anderson wrote:

I visited St. Petersburg (Russia) on a national holiday. Victory Day, 9 May, celebrates the end of the Second World War, or, as it’s known in Russia, the Great Patriotic War. Millions had gathered in St. Petersburg to participate in a massive parade. Many carried placards with photographs of relatives who had fought and died during the war and the brutal siege the city had suffered. You could spot some people in 1940s-style military uniforms. Thousands of people also wore a ribbon on their chest.

I was curious about this wide ribbon, tied in a bow. It’s called the Saint George ribbon, after a patron saint of Russia, and has three black stripes and four orange ones. It is worn on the left side, closest to the heart, as a symbol of respect for those who  died during the war and as a symbol of pride in being Russian. Its history goes back to 1769, when Empress Catherine the Great first established the prestigious military decoration, the Order of St. George. The black stripe symbolised gun powder, while the orange symbolised the fire of war.

Read more: A Russian ribbon with a history

   

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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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