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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:



Environmental consideration and ethics in the production of Duran Textile fabrics in India. 

Today, climate and environmental issues are of immediate interest and more important than ever. The textile branch have for many years had a quite bad reputation in these matters, and therefore Durán Textiles are keen to check that all our suppliers follow the demands for environmental care set up in international certificates. The production of cotton is one of India’s biggest export industries, and as a small scale purchaser we have to search actively for suppliers that fulfill our demands on environmental protection. There is in India today, as in the rest of the world, a growing consciousness for the importance of sustainable production and the economizing on natural resources. This development has been speeded up by the big textile export to western countries where environment certificates are demanded by the customers. Durán Textiles have since four years back our own staff in Bangalore, where they follow and control all the steps of production from the art-work to the finished product.

Our business concept in the reconstruction of historic fabrics has always been to use the same natural fibers as in the original textiles. We have chosen to use technology and production methods that come as close to the original fabrics as is possible in a modern production.

The dye stuffs that are used for dying and printing of the fabrics are all acid free and the fixation of the colors is made by heating. Both the block printing and screen-printing units have their own effluent plants where waste water from the rinsing of the textiles is cleaned and recycled. The techniques that are used for printing and hand painting require skilled crafts men with a wast experience. To those of our customers who have been asking questions about child labor we can assure that such a thing is not possible in these complicated working processes. We have personally visited all the workshops where our fabrics are made and met the crafts men with which we have a daily contact. All workers have contractual salaries and provident funds available.

Some of the fabrics in our collection have hand painted details.

Chips of olive soap used when washing out surplus dyes
after the silk is dyed.

The silks in our historic collection are woven on advanced Swiss mechanical looms. In the same factory the raw silk is also dyed and prepared for weaving. No toxic chemicals are used in the dying process, the colors are acid free and the silks are not treated to make them artificially stiff or heavy. When the silk is dyed the surplus dyestuff is washed out with olive soap and the water is cleaned in the factory’s own sewage treatment works. The cleaned water is used to water the garden around the factory, where a small temple is build for the Hindu workers.

The cleaned surplus water from the production is used to water a garden surrounding the factory. Fruit trees, flowers and a small temple make the breaks pleasant for the workers.

During 2010 we will present our first product in 100% bamboo: a kitchen towel with the popular printed design KULLA. Bamboo is a newly developed material which has good absorbing properties, is immensely soft and is produced environmentally friendly without the use of pesticides.

The silk weaving mill is a modern installation using high-tech Swiss looms. The complete plant has a certificate of environmental protection.



At one of the factories the waste water from the production is recycled and used for watering the garden, where a small temple is build for the workers.

Laila Durán and Martin Ciszuk with Indian friends in Bangalore. We have visited all factories and workshops that are involved in our production.

Great skill and long experience is needed in the reconstruction of the old fabrics.

Block printing of the cotton neck kerchief KATTFOT.

Screen printing of the deign ROSITA.

Martin Ciszuk programming the design for the silk damask FLORA.

The silk yarn is prepared in the same building as the weaving is done.

Dying of silk yarn. The water from the process is cleaned in the factory’s own effluent plant.

The dyed silk yarn is dried
with heated air.

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