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An exhibition of the Textile Research Centre. 5 September 2012 – 17 January 2013

Detail of a Vietnamese shoe, early 20th century. Copyright Joost Kolkman. TRC Collection.Detail of a Vietnamese shoe, early 20th century. Copyright Joost Kolkman. TRC Collection.

The TRC currently shows an exhibition that looks at what people do with their feet. It is based on a small display that the TRC presented at Leiden city hall in 2009. The new TRC version is considerably larger and certainly more thought provoking, and includes footwear from the Leiden area, some of which more than two thousand years old.

The exhibition includes a wide range of footwear for men, women and children from throughout the world, including Afghanistan, Canada, China, France, India, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, Vietnam, and many other countries. On display, among other things, are cloth, felt, leather and plastic boots, shoes and slippers, including forms as varied as (smelly) goat leather boots from Afghanistan and delicate lotus shoes from China (9 cm in length for an adult woman). There are many types of footwear to explain the differences between boots, mules, sandals, shoes and slippers. The exhibition also shows footwear for specific occupations, footwear with different decorative techniques, as well as footwear for various periods in a person’s life, from babyhood, via marriage to an (American) pair of foot coverings meant for burial purposes!

Thanks to the Department of Monuments and Archaeology, Leiden Council (Afdeling Monumenten & Archeologie Gemeente Leiden), there is a rare chance to see footwear from various archaeological sources in the Leiden region. These shoes date from the medieval period and include baby, child and adult versions.

In addition, there is a section devoted to various types of hosiery (socks, stockings, tights, garters and suspenders), as well as henna patterns for the feet and, of course, foot jewellery. Over 150 examples of footwear are  on display.

As with other TRC exhibitions, A Well-Dressed Foot! can be visited during the opening hours of the TRC, namely, from 10.00 until 16.00, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Entrance is free, but, since the TRC is completely run by volunteers, donations are most welcome!

Guided tours: During the period of the exhibition every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. You do not need to register in advance, but, if you are coming with a group, prior notification is appreciated. The guided tours last from 14.00 until 15.30 and cost €7.50 per person.

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Financiële giften

The TRC is afhankelijk van project-financiering en privé-donaties. Al ons werk wordt verricht door vrijwilligers. Ter ondersteuning van de vele activiteiten van het TRC vragen wij U daarom om financiële steun:

Giften kunt U overmaken op bankrekeningnummer NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, t.n.v. Stichting Textile Research Centre.

Omdat het TRC officieel is erkend als een Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (ANBI), en daarbij ook nog als een Culturele Instelling, zijn particuliere giften voor 125% aftrekbaar van de belasting, en voor bedrijven zelfs voor 150%. Voor meer informatie, klik hier

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