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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:



Leufsta Bruk – in the age of the ironmasters.
Text och photo: Laila Durán.

On a sparkling clear winter morning we drive through the impressing gates of Leufsta ironworks. It is a breathtaking beautiful view of a winter landscape with snow covered threes and icy ponds. A wide and welcoming walk with old threes leads to the manor house, and we stop for a moment to admire the facade and the church. It feels like time has been standing still in this place.

After a ravaging fire in the 1720-ies the ironworks and the manor was rebuild to the shape which in most details is still standing. The ironworks, resembling a small town, was during 200 years the leading the European market of iron production, and was flourishing in the wealth which was generated from the iron export. Under the leading of the ironmaster Charles de Geer the manor house was rebuild after the original drawings in two stores with six wings, a cabinet for natural history specimens and a library. In the park there is a beautiful greenhouse, a voliére made like a summer pavilion and behind the main building there are wings with stables, carriage house and riding stables. All this is still in use, and we are delighted to see the horses playing in the snow, steaming in the cold air.

At the entrance of the manor house we are greeted by Ann-Charlott Ljungholm, responsible for The Leufsta Manor, and are lead into the rooms where we are going to work during the three days we visit the ironworks.
The first milieu is the parlor between the great library and one of the guest rooms. It is a sober room with a neoclassic sofa and with a small votive ship hanging from the ceiling. Then we lay the table in the dining room. The paneling in the Swedish neoclassic, gustavian, style is painted in grayish green tones, and portraits of the family de Geer, painted by Dutch masters, decorates the room. A standing clock made in Stockholm in the 1770-ties and some chairs singed by the carpenter master Jacob Malmsten are placed along the wall. From the high windows there is a marvelous view over the pond and the park.

The table is laid for tea in English style with replicas of 18th century china. Short bread shells are filled with a spicy apple purée - a culinary delicacy. The girl is wearing a dress in the printed cotton CLOVER.

Close to the manor house, on an island in the pond of the ironworks, the 18th century library is placed in a separate pavilion. Charles de Geer who was researcher in entomology, i.e. the science of insects, owned an impressing collection of books including works of the famous Swedish scientist Rudbeck and Linnaeus. His great opus, an encyclopedia on insects, is still on the book shelves of the library.

Charles de Geer married Chatarina Charlotta Ribbing in 1743, they had eight children. Maybe she was wearing an informal robe battante recovering her pregnancies; here it is made up in the printed cotton SAGA.

Today visitors are welcomed to Leufta Bruk all the year round. In the old houses craftsmen are working with ceramic, textile print and wool felting. You can visit artists and carpenters with 18th century style as their specialty, follow a guided tour through the manor house and the wings and catch glimpse of the life in the ironworks through three hundred years. During the summer months the manor is open for guests spending the night, and for great celebrations parties are arranged in the dining room and the green house. There are also activities for kids.

For the beautiful clothing of the ladies we used the new cotton print CLOVER, a design from the collection of the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm, and SAGA originating from Sagalund Museum in Finland, the later also comes in beige and dark brown on white ground.




In the sofa lays the quilted blanket JUMPING DOG and cushions in CURRANT. The girl wears a contouche gown in blue NEJLIKA and her mother a robe battante in SAGA red.

In the green parlor is placed the harpsichord that was build in Hamburg in 1690 by H A Hauss. The portrait in the wall depicts the entomologist Charles de Geer.

The green house was rebuilt in 1756. In summer time the rooms houses opera concerts and art exhibitions for tourists and visitors.

From the high windows of the manor house you see the church and the bell tower.

Dinner is served in the dining room. Over the table hangs a portrait of Jean de Geer. The over-lintel shows symbols of commerce: the staff of Mercury and account books.

The furnishing of the old kitchen dates to the early 19th century, and displays a marvelous collection of copper ware ranging from 1720 to 1920.

Have a cookie with the coffee! The maids jacket is made in the printed cotton MYNTA originally from the textile department of Skansen, Stockholm.

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