TRC exhibition: From Sweden to Sardinia: Embroidered garments from all over Europe

Ukrainian-style embroidery from Hungary. TRC collection.

Ukrainian-style embroidery from Hungary. TRC collection.

For centuries, people all over Europe have been decorating their clothing with sometimes highly intricate forms of ornamental needlework. The TRC was therefore very pleased with the acquisition of about sixty Hungarian embroidered garments and over 1400 items of European regional dress, many of which are also embroidered. The TRC now has one of the largest collections of traditional European clothing in Europe. Over the next few years we will highlight various aspects of this stunning array of European material culture, in both actual and digital exhibitions.

To celebrate the recent acquisitons, and to draw attention to regional European decorative needlework, the TRC Gallery exhibition showed needlework from many parts of Europe. The exhibition included a wide variety of colourful, subtle, marvellous outfits and individual garments, as well as many women's lace and embroidered caps. They derive from all over Europe, as for instance from Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and of course, from The Netherlands, to name just a few countries. Emphasis was laid on the many different forms and techniques of decoration that have been used, and often are still being used by people from all over Europe in order to indicate their region's particular character.

See also the blog (2nd September 2016) on rabbits and birds.

The exhibition was open to the public from 30 August 2016 and 23 February 2017.

For a photo impression,  see below.

Detail of a woman's apron from Hungary, 1930's, decorated with beadwork.

Detail of a woman's apron from Hungary, 1930's, decorated with beadwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embroidered neck opening of a woman's goat hair jacket from Sicily, early 20th century

Embroidered neck opening of a woman's goat hair jacket from Sicily, early 20th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening of the exhibition by the TRC director, 30th August 2016.

Opening of the exhibition by the TRC director, 30th August 2016.

 

 

Collar of an Hungarian waistcoat for a woman, decorated with tassels and metal thimbles.

Collar of an Hungarian waistcoat for a woman, decorated with tassels and metal thimbles.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impression of the exhibition

Impression of the exhibition

Impression of the exhibition, a visitor looking at a Macedonian apron.

Impression of the exhibition, a visitor looking at a Macedonian apron.

 

 

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Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 10.00-16.00 hrs, other days by appointment. Holidays: until 11 August

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