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The Textile Research Centre (TRC) now has a collection of almost nine thousand garments and accessories acquired over a 20 year period. These garments and textiles range in date from over sevend thousand years ago to yesterday. The collection includes outfits, clothing and accessories for men, women and children. It is seen as an inclusive, not exclusive, collection.

Because the TRC is primarily a research institute and not a traditional museum, we encourage the collection of modern traditional garments and not just items that are 'old.' The development of dress and identity does not stop at one particular date. To only collect and present old garments (not to use the highly debatable word 'authentic')  is to give a false image of any culture. Initially, it was decided to concentrate on Middle Eastern dress. However, as more and more students started to use the TRC's facilities it was agreed that we should expand the collection range to include the whole world, regardless of culture or chronological boundaries.

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Hogewoerd 164
2311 HW Leiden.
Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 /
+31 (0)6 28830428  

The TRC is open again from Tuesday, 2nd June, but by appointment only.

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

TRC Gallery exhibition:
5 Febr. -27 August 2020: American Quilts

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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.
Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here
Financial donations to the TRC can also be made via Paypal: