Socks&Stockings: A world full of surprises. A new TRC exhibition, from 5th September until mid-December

Woollen Turkmen socks from Iran, 1999, TRC 1999.0130a-b.

Woollen Turkmen socks from Iran, 1999, TRC 1999.0130a-b.

Every morning we put them on, those socks. Often we don't even think about it. But behind the apparently common sock there is a world full of surprises. Did you know that people in Tajikistan knit the most colourful socks of almost one metre long and half a metre wide? And that in the Middle East socks are knitted from the toe upwards, while in Europe we tend to start at the top? And that hand knitting socks has become very popular again?

A major element of the exhibition were the silk stockings found in a mid-seventeenth century wreck discovered off the coast of Texel in the north of The Netherlands. These hand knitted stockings became the focus of a special project led by Chrystel Brandenburg to study the techniques applied to knit these ultra-fine stockings.

The project was sponsored by the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds. The exhibition will show the story of the project and the hand knitted stockings made by a group of dedicated and skilful knitters.

The exhibition is curated by Lies van de Wege, collection manager at the TRC and a highly experienced knitter. In addition to the Texel element, there are many examples of hand knitted socks from around the world, showing different techniques, patterns and colour combinations. 

The Socks&Stockings exhibition will open your eyes to the surprising world of hand knitted socks. Your ideas about socks will will never be the same again.

The exhibition will be opened on the 5th September by the famous BBC presenter and dress historian, Amber Butchart, who will give a lecture on socks and stockings in Western fashion, from 14.00 PM, followed by the official opening at 16.00 and a small buffet.

Please register in advance, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Admission to the lecture is 7.50 euros, to be paid on the day.

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Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 10.00-16.00 hrs, other days by appointment. Holidays: until 11 August

Bank account number: NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59, Stichting Textile Research Centre

Entrance is free, but donations are always welcome !

TRC Gallery exhibition: 12 - 15 August 2019: Out of Asia: 2000 years of textiles

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