For seven centuries, the identity of the city of Leiden was determined by woollen cloth fabric. According to the last cloth manufacturer is closed In 1977, the tradition of woollen cloth is ended.
During 2013-2017, MUSEUM DE LAKENHAL invited contemporary designers to design a new fabric and tried to revive the old craft through making “New Lieden Clothes”. Based on the craft techniques, archive sources of fabric, document, objects from museum, contemporary designers desined it with contemporary language and their interpretation toward the history, pattern, color, objects related towollen clothe fabric. The form is sold with fabric, pillow, bag.
On the other hand, when I saw the blue color chips of fabric on the second floor, it reminds me of the "New Lieden Clothes". The fabric is archive, and the archive becomes fabric, in a contemporary style. As such, it is likely an intertextuality, a medium, a space that we could read the history, image the craft, the color, to connect the past, to think about the future.