Out Of Asia

Out of Asia: 2000 years of Oriental textiles going West

This online exhibition is based on a TRC Gallery Exhibition with the title Out of Asia: 2000 years of textiles, presented at the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands, from 15 July until 15 August 2019, organised on the occasion of the International Convention of Asia Scholars, at Leiden, between 15-19 July. The exhibition at the TRC coincided with an intensive programme at the TRC of workshops and lectures. There are nine separate sections, and each section contains a gallery of objects. All of these form part of the TRC collection, and the illustrations give access to the TRC online catalogue for more information. Enjoy.

 

For this online exhibition:

  • Author: Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
  • Web-design: Joost Koopman
  • Exhibition design: Willem Vogelsang
  • Publisher: TRC Leiden.
  • Year of publication: 2019
  • Copyright: All illustrations of objects housed in the TRC collection can be used free of charge, but please add to the caption: "Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden" and the pertinent accession number of the object.

1. Introduction

Fascination with exotic and unusual textiles with different textures, colours and designs stimulated trade in cloth and garments between Asia and Europe. This trade began thousands of years ago and…

2. The Taqueté ‘family’ of weaves

One group of textiles that travelled along the Silk Roads are the multi-coloured textiles made using warp-faced compound weave in silk. By the 3rd century AD the construction technique had…

3. Maritime routes

Another important element in the movement of textiles were the maritime routes centred on India that carried textiles to Indonesia, China and eventually to Japan, as well as from India…

4. The island of Marken and Asian textiles

Marken is a fishing village in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland and was formerly an island in the Zuiderzee. With the building of the Afsluitdijk in 1932 the Zuiderzee was cut off…

5. Chintz

Another form of painted and printed cotton textile known as chintz (called sits in Dutch) became especially popular from the 17th century and was widely used for clothing, especially for…

6. The Kashmiri shawl and the ‘Paisley’ motif

The Himalayan goat grows a fine ‘under fleece’ that enables it to survive the Himalayan winters. This under-fleece (cashmere) is woven by Kashmiri weavers into beautifully fine and soft shawls,…

7. Some Asian influences in the 19th and 20th centuries

Japan became a major influence on northern European art and design at the end of the 19th century, when a craze for ‘all things Japanese’ (Japonism) swept Europe. The influence…

8. VLISCO and Asian textiles

The Dutch company of Vlisco was founded in 1846 when Pieter Fentener van Vlissingen bought an existing textile printing factory in the town of Helmond. At that time the company…

9. The Hippie trail and after

During the 1960s and the following decades, many young people travelled to Central Asia and the Far East in search of adventure and truth. Some discovered that it was possible…