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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:



Woolen shawls from Valdres. 
Text Martin Ciszuk, photo: Laila Durán.

In older fashion outer garments as coats for women are rare. To keep warm several layers of skirts and jackets, sometimes of fur or with fur linings, were worn. A necessary piece of winter clothing was big woolen shawls which were wrapped around the body or over the head. In cooperation with Valdres Folkemuseum, Fagernes, Norway, Durán Textiles have made reproductions based on shawls from the museum collection.

The big woolen shawls were used both with folk costume as well as fashionable dresses in the region of Valdres and Hallingdal in central Norway, during the second half of the 19th century. It is documented that they were produced by local craftsmen in the region. The shawls are block printed with black oil paint on heavy wool fabrics in twill. This printing technique was much easier compared to the cotton printing, which needed specialized workshops and complicated chemical processes to fix the colors. Several different borders with flower designs of varying width are combined. The shawls are finished with knotted woolen fringes. In the collection of Valdres Folkemuseum there are shawls in red, wine, violet, grey, green and brown.

The reproduced shawls from Durán Textiles are screen printed in black on 100% wool in a smooth, heavy quality with good drape. The size is 120 x 120 cm, with fringes 12 cm long, hand knotted in black wool yarn. The shawls are made with dark brown, wine red, forest green and off-white ground. The design derives from a wine red shawl, museum number VFF 9814, the other ground colors are chosen from shawls in the museum collection.

The shawl is appropriate as an outer garment for folk costumes, but is also suitable as a warming accessory for modern autumn and winter clothing. The shawls are sold in the museum shop of Valdres Folkemuseum. On the open museum day the 20 of March they will be shown in a fashion show worn with the regional clothing – bunad - of Valdres. More information can be found on the homepage of Valdes Folkemuseum:

An Off-white shawl with black print is a color combination that suits well with strong bright colors.

The original shawl from the mid 19th century: Valdes Folkemuseum nr. VFF 9814. F 9814.

The reproduced shawls are hemmed by hand in Bangalore, India 2010.



The wine red woolen shawl from Valdres reproduced by Durán Textiles, is smart with a long winter dress in lime green wool.

The wool shawls have black printed design and handmade fringes in wool yarn.

A brown wool shawl fits neatly as a outer garment to a yellow woolen tunic decorated with fur imitation and a Norwegian folklore silver brooch.

The green wool shawl is matched with a silk scarf with a design from KA Almgren silk manufactory.


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