7 CENTURIES OF LEIDEN CLOTH
As from 2014, Museum De Lakenhal will reinvigorate the history of seven centuries of ‘Leiden Cloth’. A new work by Atelier Van Lieshout was added to the collection, Vooruit (Ahead) (2014), inspired by this typical feature of Leiden’s history. Christie van der Haak designed the first contemporary fabric in the series 'New Leiden Cloth'. Also, a family app was launched to teach children and their (grand)parents more about the buildings in the historic city centre of Leiden that still tell stories about the cloth trade.
NEW CLOTH FROM LEIDEN
Crafts and sustainability have recently reached top rank in civil society. Old techniques and fabric have achieved new esteem. To link up to this trend, Museum De Lakenhal will revive the history of Leiden Cloth. A new line of fabric will be manufactured, and it will bear the old quality hallmark ‘Leids Laken’ (Leiden Cloth).
In the period of 2013-2017, a series of five assignments will be commissioned to contemporary designers. Based on craft techniques, motifs and patterns, archive sources, documents and objects from the museum, all of which were passed down the ages, they will develop new, contemporary fabric and products that will be on sale in the museum shop as from 2018.
CHRISTIE VAN DER HAAK
The first designer on this commission is Christie van der Haak, an artist from The Hague. She was originally a painter who worked in a pattern-painting style. For some years now, she has focussed on designing fabric in a style that is related to her paintings and in which patterns and motifs from nature are combined in colourful scenes.
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