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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:



Original and Reproduktion
– the short gown from Kallfors.

Text: Martin Ciszuk Photo: Laila Durán.

The woman’s short gown from Kallfors, Sweden (see Durán Textiles Newsletter 7-07 and 2-08) belongs to a private collection. This spring we met again with the owner of this collection and had the possibility to compare two of our reproductions with the original fabrics. We shot pictures and evaluated our work.

The results are excellent. Despite the difficulty to decide the original nuances of colour from the faded, worn and stained originals, and despite the small alternations which were made to adopt the design to the screen printing technology, our reproduced fabrics come very close to the originals concerning colour and expression. The progress is owing to the cooperation of different skills contained in the Durán Textiles company: the thorough documentation and high quality photography, the skilful cleaning and redrawing of the designs, the well-founded choices of colour nuances, technology and raw materials and finally the competent Indian crafts men and our coordinator in Bangalore.

In the future we hope to include both originals and reproductions in an exhibition for a wider public.

The reproduced design ROSITA and the lining of the original short gown. The print could be dated to the 1750- or 60-ties and was probably used as an interior fabric before it was reused for the lining of the garment.



Our reproduced design PUMPA together with the original. The fabric is dated to the 1740-ies, but was reused for the short gown when it was made around 1790-1800.


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