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Craft & Costume > Sun 6 May 2018

afbeelding Photo: Meeta Mastani

The exhibition Craft & Costume presents a selection of new designs and art objects based on chintz: cotton painted with colourful patterns. In the 17th century ships of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) brought the fabric to Europe from the Far East and there arose a brisk trade in chintz. Originally it had [G1] lively[G2]  floral designs, based on Indian traditions, but later on the patterns were increasingly tailored to European tastes. Indian chintz remained a popular material for clothes and interiors far into the 19th century. In Dutch traditional costumes, chintz played an important part as late as the 20th century as a material to show off, and this is also why it can be found in the textile collection of the Zuiderzee Museum.     

Textiel Factorij (Textile Factory)

The designs and art objects in the exhibition Craft & Costume figure largely in the Textiel Factorij project. The Textiel Factorij is a research project based on the shared heritage of the Netherlands and India. Dutch artists and designers worked together with traditional craftsmen in India, giving a contemporary interpretation to this historic exchange. The result: new designs displaying an interaction between craft, design, dressing customs and imagery of past and present in India and in Europe.    

Putting your imagination to work

During the Christmas and February holidays young and old are welcome to the Indoor Museum, the right place to put your creativity to work. Drawing your inspiration from the collection on show in the exhibition Craft & Costume, you can stamp canvas bags in the Atrium, using a special block printing technique. The costs of this activity amount to € 2.50 per bag.

Design: Meeta Mastani and Marlies Visser
Paterns: Marlies Visser and Sutanu Panigrahi
Hand printing and natural painting: Chaubundi Studio, Rajasthan, India