The spectacular TRC exhibition, which opened on 1st February and could be seen until the end of June, focused on the use of gold and silver threads, sheet gold and paints, to decorate textiles and garments. On display was a wide range of textiles, garments and headgear from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The exhibition included Egyptian textiles from the 13th century AD as well as some rare velvet and silk European textiles from the 17th and 18th centuries woven with metal threads (gold, gilt and silver forms). The majority of items dated from the 20th century and reflected a wide range of uses and decorative techniques.
The exhibition explored the use of gold and silver (actual and artificial) in textiles, and includes several elaborate and early pieces from Indonesia, as well as applied and embroidered textiles and garments, such as 19th century church embroidery, a bridal outfit from India and a festive outfit from Oman. There was even a section about garments made of metal, such as an elaborate Miao woman's headpiece from China and a dancing girdle from Malaysia made of silver coins. There was much more to see and use as a source of inspiration.
For a beautiful film about the exhibition, made by Andrew Thompson, click here.
The exibition ran until 30 June 2016. Venue: TRC, Hogewoerd 164, Leiden.
Series of photographs showing the setting up of the new TRC Gallery exhibition on textiles and garments decorated with gold and silver. The exhibition will be open to the public from 1 February.