Socks&Stockings: A world full of surprises. A new TRC exhibition, until 19 December.

Woollen Turkmen socks from Iran, 1999, TRC 1999.0130a-b.

Woollen Turkmen socks from Iran, 1999, TRC 1999.0130a-b.

Every morning we put them on, those socks. Often we don't even think about it. But behind the apparently common sock there is a world full of surprises. Did you know that people in Tajikistan knit the most colourful socks of almost one metre long and half a metre wide? And that in the Middle East socks are knitted from the toe upwards, while in Europe we tend to start at the top? And that hand knitting socks has become very popular again?

A major element of the exhibition were the silk stockings found in a mid-seventeenth century wreck discovered off the coast of Texel in the north of The Netherlands. These hand knitted stockings became the focus of a special project led by Chrystel Brandenburgh to study the techniques applied to knit these ultra-fine stockings.

The project was sponsored by the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds. The exhibition will show the story of the project and the hand knitted stockings made by a group of dedicated and skilful knitters.

 

 

The exhibition is curated by Lies van de Wege, collection manager at the TRC and a highly experienced knitter. In addition to the Texel element, there are many examples of hand knitted socks from around the world, showing different techniques, patterns and colour combinations. 

The Socks&Stockings exhibition will open your eyes to the surprising world of hand knitted socks. Your ideas about socks will will never be the same again.

The text boards, in Dutch, can be read here (PdF-file). An English version is available here.

 

The 'Wall of the Socks" at the Socks & Stockings TRC exhibition. Photograph Gillian Vogelsaang. Socks on loan from Annemor Sundbø's "Ragpile-collection", Norway.

The 'Wall of the Socks" at the Socks & Stockings TRC exhibition. Photograph Gillian Vogelsaang. Socks on loan from Annemor Sundbø's "Ragpile-collection", Norway.

Three hand knitted samplers of designs from socks around the world. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

Three hand knitted samplers of designs from socks around the world. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replicas of 17th century silk stockings found in a shipwreck off the coast of Texel, The Netherlands. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

Replicas of 17th century silk stockings found in a shipwreck off the coast of Texel, The Netherlands. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

Selection of Turkish hand knitted slippers. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

Selection of Turkish hand knitted slippers. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rack of hand knitted socks from around the world. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

Rack of hand knitted socks from around the world. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

A sock snake made from 17different heels. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

A sock snake made from 17different heels. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the darning and mending section. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

Part of the darning and mending section. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

Unusual socks, Americaan stockings and Turkish slippers. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

Unusual socks, Americaan stockings and Turkish slippers. Socks&Stockings exhibition, TRC, 2019. Photograph by Joost Kolkman.

 

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

Bank account number: NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59, Stichting Textile Research Centre

Entrance is free, but donations are always welcome !

TRC Gallery exhibition: 5 Sept. -19 Dec. 2019: Socks&Stockings

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The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, in the name of the Stichting Textile Research Centre.
 
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