Lectures and workshop: Hand-knitted socks and embroidered footwear from Central Asia, 16 Nov.

Classic, hand-knitted sock from Tajikistan.

Classic, hand-knitted sock from Tajikistan.

On Saturday, November 16, the TRC is organising a special day on textiles from Central Asia. In the morning, from 10.00 to 11.00, Lita Rosing-Schow from Denmark will give a lecture on Central Asian socks, with an emphasis on Tajikistan. From 11.15 - 14.00 she will give a workshop on knitting Tajik socks. In her afternoon, from 14.30 until 15.30, Gillian Vogelsang, director TRC, will give a lecture on Central Asian and Indian embroidered footwear.

The special day is organised as part of the TRC exhibition Socks & Stockings, which can be seen at the TRC from 5 September to 19 December.

The TRC exhibition shows a pair of woollen stockings from Tajikistan, Central Asia. Their huge size stands out. The stockings are 90 cm long from top to toe and 38 cm wide. The stockings are knitted in two parts, with different motifs below and above. They have no heel, but the foot part is pointed. Deep clear colours and rich motifs stand out. Nowhere in the world a stocking is knitted this way.

The Danish Lita Rosing-Schow (1952) did research into these unique stockings. Her book Strik fra Verdens Tag - Knitting in the Pamirs (Danish / English) was published in 2018 and is dedicated to Henriëtte Hauser, granddaughter of botanist Ove Paulsen, who was part of a Danish expedition to Tajikistan in 1898-1899. Henriëtte inherited the three pairs of stockings that Grandfather Paulsen brought back and which were the reason for the investigation by Rosing-Schow.

During the workshop she teaches the participants how to knit these stockings. We knit a key holder in the shape of the original stocking, practicing typical patterns and techniques. She also gives a demonstration of how to create the unique design that Lita calls the "drawstring".

During the lecture she tells about her fascination for these stockings, about her trip to the Pamirs, about the shape and construction of the stockings and about the outcome of the reconstruction of the original patterns. She shows with examples that traditional patterns can be a source of inspiration for modern knitting.

The three events on the 16th can be attended separately. Date: Saturday, November 16. Time: 10-11; 11-14; 14.30 - 15.30. Language: English (the last lecture may be in Dutch, depending on the audience). Location: TRC, Hogewoerd 164, Leiden. Admission for the full day: 40 euros. Separately for the workshop: 25 euros, or for the two lectures, separately, 7.50 euros.  Interested parties are requested to register in advance for participation. Registration: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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

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TRC Gallery exhibition: 5 Sept. -19 Dec. 2019: Socks&Stockings

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