Textile Research Centre Leiden

Exhibition 'Weaving the World' at the TRC, Leiden, 2014. Exhibition 'Weaving the World' at the TRC, Leiden, 2014. Photograph TRC

The Textile Research Centre Leiden (TRC) is a non-profit making organisation dedicated to the study of textiles and dress. The TRC was set up in December 1991. For many years it was housed in the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, The Netherlands. Since 2009 it is housed in its own premises in the historic centre of Leiden, at Hogewoerd 164.

The TRC works closely together with Leiden University, especially with the Faculty of Archaeology, and supervises the internships of students who are interested in clothing, textiles, the cataloguing of objects and the mounting of exhibitions. The TRC has built up a study collection of over 14000 textiles, garments and accessories (including jewellery, walking sticks, etc.) from all over the world and from the sixth millennium BC until yesterday. The textiles and accessories are available for study by academics and the general public. TRC also has a technical collection with textiles and equipment related to the production of pre-industrial forms of cloth. The TRC has an extensive library.

Since 2009 the TRC has regularly presented exhibitions on various textile and dress related subjects, ranging from Afghan dress, Chinese cheongsam, Arab embroidery, kangas from East Africa, Iranian dress, lace production, and appliqués from the Street of the Tentmakers in Cairo, as well as organising workshops on technical subjects such as hand spinning, embroidery and weaving. The TRC is also involved in a number of large scale publications, including the Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World (Bloomsbury Publication 2016) and TRC Needles: the TRC Digital Encyclopedia of Decorative Needlework.

  • Director: Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
  • Address: Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • www.trc-leiden.nl
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  • Tel. +31 (0)71 5134133

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