Until 18 December 2014, the TRC presents the exhibition "Renewedfrom Afar: Modern bobbin lace inspired by the collection of the Textile Research Centre". The exhibition displays the work of a group of Dutch lacemakers, called EXPERIKANT, which is engaged with the production of modern lace. The old craft is thereby translated for modern times. All the members of the group have followed the traditional schooling of lace production. Now they design their own work and in doing so they make use of many different materials. For this exhibition they were inspired by the large collection of textiles and dress of the TRC. The choice of items is very diverse: a beautiful skirt, a tie on a kimono, a belt, a typical form of headdress or a head covering. These items have been 'translated' into bobbin lace.
This very colourful and three-dimensional exhibition shows the 'original' item from the TRC collection, and the modern bobbin lace 'translation'. With each group of textiles there is a workbook with a description of the production process.
The exhibition of modern lace is accompanied by a display of different traditional laces, which have been grouped together under the heading "What is lace?". The display contains a series of examples, including pieces made of needlelace, net lace, embroidered lace, knotted lace, knitted lace, and last but not least, of crochetting and tatting. The actual examples are all described in text boards, that together tell the long and fascinating history of lace, in all its forms and techniques.