For centuries, people all over Europe have been decorating their clothing with sometimes highly intricate forms of ornamental needlework. The TRC was therefore very pleased with the acquisition of about sixty Hungarian embroidered garments and over 1400 items of European regional dress, many of which arealso embroidered. The TRC now has one of the largest collections of traditional European clothing in Europe. Over the next few years we will highlight various aspects of this stunning array of European material culture, in both actual and digital exhibitions.
To celebrate the recent acquisitons, and to draw attention to regional European decorative needlework, the TRC Gallery exhibition showed needlework from many parts of Europe. The exhibition included a wide variety of colourful, subtle, marvellous outfits and individual garments, as well as many women's lace and embroidered caps. They derive from all over Europe, as for instance from Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and of course, from The Netherlands, to name just a few countries. Emphasis was laid on the many different forms and techniques of decoration that have been used, and often are still being used by people from all over Europe in order to indicate their region's particular character.
See also the blog (2nd September 2016) on rabbits and birds.
The exhibition was open to the public from 30 August 2016 and 23 February 2017.
For a photo impression, see below.