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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:



Props, powder and a lovely scene.
Text: Laila Durán. Photos: Christoffer Landberg / Laila Durán.

Most people like to look at nice photos. Rather than reading a lot of texts, a photo can tell the story just as well. Taking photos of peaces of fabric is not very exciting so, as you may have seen on our homepage, we make some garments in the new fabric designs to illustrate how the fabric may have been used. Most of the time I let my imagination run free. Having access to bolts of all kinds of fabrics I indulgence in using fine textiles both on the inside as well as the outside of the garment.

As the collection of our textile designs are growing, and my wish to show how nice the fabric looks in garments, I finally decided to round up my friends and colleagues for a big photo shoot. This time with the help of my friend, photographer Christoffer Landberg and my beautiful friend for many years Marie Weinefalk Larsson, who at the age of 50 looks more radiant than ever. Our second model, Sabina, who is the assistant to our wig maker, was happy to lend her beautiful smile.

Together with my colleague Martin Ciszuk and a trailer full of props we went to Confidencen Slottsteater at Ulriksdals Castle outside Stockholm. The theatre is the oldest in Sweden. The building was built in 1670 and first used as a riding-school. Later in the 18th century Queen Louisa Ulrika initiated the reconstruction, making it in to a magnificent rococo style theatre.
I am so lucky to have the manager of this theatre, opera singer Kjerstin Dellert, as my neighbour, and she was so kind to let us have the whole theatre to ourselves for a day.

In the first photos we are making homage to the national romantic painter Adolf Tidemand from my native country Norway. The original design of the fabric BALSAMIN, used in the robe, is an apron the painter used in one of this many famous portraits. I thought a painting- scene would be appropriate, keeping the theme.

Then there is the photos of the levé, a possibility to show the lovely garments ladies wear while getting dressed. Martin made a lovely dressing table with the help of a small wooden table, a standing mirror and some meters of silk.

Finally I wanted to make a bedroom scene and our exceptionally handsome photographer Christoffer was put in to bed, like Danceny in the arms of Marquiese de Merteuil, with me behind the camera.

Here are the photos!


The original used in the design BALSAMIN is today in the collections
of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.

The cushion covers in ROSE pink have been a great sales success. Here you can also se parts of the new hand quilted blankets in JUMPING DOG and the brown CURRANT. The corset is silk damask FLORA and the breeches are CELADON brown. For shifts we often use soft silk habotai or fine linen.


In this front laced corset we have used the red printed cotton MYNTA. The hand quilted blanket ANEMON comes with red on the face side and a blue reverse side. The measurements are 140 X 200 cm. The shirt is available at our homepage under the headline “garments”.




The original design BALSAMIN is an apron used by the famous Norwegian national romantic painter Adolph Tidemand. The apron was depicted in three of his paintings. In this painting scene we have used the BALSAMIN printed cotton in the coat. The lining is the block printed cotton LINNEA. The corset is made of silk damask FLORA.

The Lady standing is wearing a corset in the embroidered silk ROCOCO with a matching plain silk petticoat. The girl wears a corset in cotton print DAISY pink, with a plain cotton petticoat. The mantle is in silk tafetta with silk lace.

The short pale green dressing gown is made of silk crepe. For the dressing table we have used plain dupion silk.

Corset and petticoat, in a pink version of the design PUMPA. The fabric can be ordered in pink and turquoise. Limited stock.

A Robe Battante in embroidered silk. The design is called TULIP and is available on red or cream coloured ground.

Corset and pocket hoops in yellow silk damask FLORA.

Green damask are used in the hoop or panier and red damask in the corset. The damask is named FLORA.

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