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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:



Block printing neck kerchiefs.
By Laila Durán/Martin Ciszuk. Photo: Vasantha Nagesh.

To block print small neck kerchiefs may seem like a simple task, but the procedure is laborious and the production sometime takes several months. Here we will show how the neck kerchief, KATTFOT (cats pawn) from Arboga Museum in Sweden, was reconstructed by skilled Indian crafts men. Because the reproduction is made in this way, the new fabric get an expression very close to the ancient original.

The pattern repeat is drawn on waxed paper. The blocks are made of Burmese teak, a hard wood that will not be deformed and worn out in the printing process. After the blocks are roughly shaped the side used for printing is planed and polished. The pattern is transferred to the block via the waxed paper. The paper is pressed to the block during heating which makes the polished surface absorb the wax and the painted design. The design is then cut out using knife and chisel. The planing and polishing have to be done before cutting, otherwise the cut design would be damaged. The blocks are soaked in oil for ten days, mustard oil and ground nut oil is used.

The fabric is stretched on a printing table with a soft surface and the pattern repeat is measured and marked with thread. The blocks are dipped in the dyestuff and pressed to the fabric. Pigment dyestuffs are used which are fixed to the fabric by heating.




The pattern repeat is measured and marked with thread.

The block used to print the corners.

First the four corners are printed ...

... then the rest of the decorative rim.

Block for the all over design.

The blocks are dipped in the dyestuff and pressed to the fabric.

Paper is used to get an even right side.

The large 90 X 90 neck kerchief is ready.

KATTFOT printed in blue.

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