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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:



Collaboration with
Hedemark museum, Norway.

Text and photo: Laila Durán.

During January 2008 Durán Textiles started collaboration with the open air museum Hedemarksmuseet in Hamar, Norway. The first contact was made through Björn Sverre Hol Haugen, the curator of the department of modern cultural history - from the reformation in the 16th century to modern time. He is responsible for the permanent exhibition in the open air museum which makes the care and furnishing of the houses and also the textile collection his working field.

The museum decided to buy fabrics for reconstructed costumes and furnishings. Today you can see the first rooms were textiles from Durán Textiles are used. The houses originate from the end of the 18th and the beginning of 19th century. Bed hangings, quilted blankets and cushion covers in hand printed cotton fits perfect in the milieu and yield the rooms a homely atmosphere. In total six rooms in three houses will be furnished with our textiles.

In the permanent exhibition is now on display a reconstructed peasant costume using the design DOROTEA in the apron and CURRANT as lining in the skirt. More costumes are projected for the exhibition and the museum staff and guides are already wearing garments made in our hand printed fabrics.

Hedemarksmuseet has in its collection of textiles and garments some cotton prints dated to the late 18th and early 19th century. From these we have chosen three small patterned designs to will be reconstructed. The new design will be given Norwegian names: RIPS, HJERTE and EPLE. They will all be block printed, and are planned to be on the market and our homepage in the coming autumn.

In November the Hedemark museum will display both originals and the reconstructed fabric in a temporary exhibition. The fabrics will be sold in the museum gift shop.

In the bed is placed a hand quilted blanket using PUMPA red on the face side and VALLMO black as lining. The bed curtains are made from the block printed cotton KAPRIFOL. Three more room will be furnished with fabrics from Durán Textiles.

The hand quilted blankets and cushion covers can be made by order with the possibility to choose from all of the fabrics and colour combinations in our collection. Minimum order is six blankets in the same size.




In the exhibition are reconstructed folk costumes on display. Fabrics from Durán Textiles have been used in some of the garments.

Curator Björn Sverre Hol Haugen. Renown as editor of ”Norsk Bunadleksikon” an encyclopaedia of Norwegian folk costume, printed in 2006.

One of the beds with curtains made from CURRANT blue and brown.

Hand quilted blankets with matching cushion covers fit the milieu perfectly.

A girl’s bonnet from Löten, Norway, dated to the beginning of the 19th century. The small patterned lining will be reproduced as a block print.

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