Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The Rijksmuseum ('National Museum') was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to various buildings in Amsterdam in 1808 and later. The current building in Amsterdam was opened in 1885. It houses a large collection of objects that reflect Dutch culture, from the medieval period onwards. Especially its collection of Dutch seventeenth century masters is world-famous.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century there were over one million objects in the museum’s collection. The carpets, textiles and fashion collections of the Rijksmuseum include a large number of textiles, garments and accessories, most of which come from northern Europe. To be more precise there are over 600 textiles, 3,000 items of women’s clothing, and about 1,500 examples of lace (bobbin and needle forms) dating from the seventeenth century onwards. These collections include numerous examples of embroidery (especially samplers) and embroidered garments. The latter include both historical items and twenty/twenty-first century haute couture pieces that are embellished with decorative needlework of some form. In addition, in the fashion library there are numerous books and magazines that have articles or features about embroidered clothing for the fashionable lady.

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Source of illustration (retrieved 11th August 2020).


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