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This newsletter is written in order to spread experiences within the topic of historic textiles and reconstructions. Our ambition is to amuse you and stimulate interest in the 18th Century. Durán Textiles, who is mainly working with museum collections and Royal Castles, was founded in 2002 by CEO and production manager Laila Durán, with co-worker artist Torkel Henriksson who is doing the artworks and preparing the designs for production. Our production is done mostly in India supervised by Duran Textiles inspectors. 
- The articles are mainly written by Laila Durán but we also have help from colleagues and specialists from several museums and universities.  In the future this newsletter will be distributed four times a year and is free of charge. We hope you will enjoy our stories and offers and help us to spread the letter to friends and colleagues. Contact:

Detta nyhetsbrev skrivs för att sprida erfarenheter inom ämnet rekonstruktioner av historiska textiler och 1700-talet. Ambitionen är att roa och stimulera intresset. Durán Textiles har varit verksamt sedan 2002 och arbetar med projekt för Kungliga Slott och museisamlingar i hela Skandinavien. Laila Durán är VD och projektledare, Torkel Henriksson arbetar med originalen och alla förlagor för tryck och väv. På plats i Indien, där de flesta av tygerna produceras, finns Durán Textiles egna inspektörer.
- Artiklarna skrivs huvudsakligen av Laila Durán men vi får även hjälp av kollegor och specialister från olika muséer och universitet.  Nyhetsbrevet kommer i fortsättningen att komma ut fyra gånger per år och är helt kostnadsfritt. Vi hoppas ni ska uppskatta våra artiklar och erbjudanden och även sprida informationen vidare till Era vänner. Kontakt:



English rococo.
Design form Spitalfields silks.

Text Martin Ciszuk.

In the Victoria & Albert Museum there are collections of 18th century designs from the manufactories of Spitalfields. The fabrics which were originally woven and brocaded are now reproduced as machine embroidery on silk.

The silk weaving manufactories of Spitalsfields were located in the outskirts of London. The manufactories were started by French silk weavers who were Huguenots escaping to England during the religious wars of the 17th century. During the 18th century there was a production for the local market as well as for export. English designers gave the silks a particular English rococo style, characterised by light designs and naturalistic flowers.

Duran Textiles has chosen to reproduce three designs and named them ROCOCO, ROYAL and TULIP. We started with the old hand painted original drawings and transferred them to modern embroidery techniques. The technically advanced embroidery machines gives the possibility to reproduce the 18th century designs and keep their character and expression.


Dress made from the silk Rococo. The dress is now on display at Stockholm City Museum.

Coloured pattern drawing by Anna Maria Garthwaite, 1744. and the machine embroidered silk Tulip on red ground.



Coloured pattern drawing by Anna
Maria Garthwaite, 1744.

The first sample is made on white cotton. When the sample is approved the final design is embroidered on silk. The Design Royal will come on cream, jade green and egg-plant coloured ground.

The original is a brocaded silk dated 1774-76.

The embroidered silk Rococo is made on five grounds, off-white, pale pink, pale yellow, spice and prune.

Embroidery machines in Bangalore, India.

The machine works simultaneously with nine different coloured threads.

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