ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / symposiums



Autumn symposium of the
“What’s in a name?”

Present-day and historical fabric names Amersfoort > 14.11.2013

14th of November 2013 the organizes a symposium about textile identification and determination.
A lot of confusion still exists within the textile field about textile definitions. The names you find in old archives are not always descriptive enough. What do calmande, sheen, say or baize fabric, actually look like? Which type of damask is meant by ‘mirror damask’? Are the historical names for textiles the same as the ones we use today? In the autumn symposium seven speakers will talk about the subject from various angles.

The autumn symposium will take place at the building of the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed in Amersfoort.
The maximum number of participants is 140.

Participation € 45,- for members and € 60,- for non-members.



Simone de Waart, material expert and creative director at Bureau Material Sense in Eindhoven, selected historical and modern raw materials for the textile archive cabinet of the TextielMuseum in Tilburg.
Sjoukje Colenbrander,
textile historian, will illustrate, using examples, how hard it is, to get a historically accurate picture of what some of these textiles looked like.
Augusta Uhlenbeck, professional weaver and fabric expert, tells about the naming of figured fabrics in the 18th century weavers manuscript Het Digtenboekje I.
Ninke Bloemberg, curator fashion and costumes at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, investigated the origin of names for jeans and denim.
Frieda Sorber, curator historical collections of the Mode Museum in Antwerp, has discovered, several descriptions of textiles of which she can show the corresponding textile swatches.
Gieneke Arnolli, curator fashion and textile at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, talks about the ‘Hindelooper bontjes’ which were imported by the VOC from India, her talk will be illustrated with examples from a 19th century pattern book.
René Bekius studied the expansion history of the Middle-East and researched the textile possessions of Armenian immigrants and priests in 17th and 18th century Amsterdam.

During the lunch break there will be an opportunity to look at some modern and historical fibres and fabric swatches.

Autumn symposium “What’s in a name?”
Thursday 14th of November 2013
Commencement at 10 o’clock Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
Smallepad 5
3811 MG Amersfoort
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