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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:



One year passed …
Text Martin Ciszuk

During the year of 2007 Duran Textiles AB has fortunately established cooperation with several Swedish museums and collections of textiles.

Historic collection
We expanded our production of finished products as fabric bags, handbags, toilet sets and quilted blankets. These products have become immensely popular and are now sold in museum shops and souvenir boutiques all over Scandinavia, They are easier to store and sell in a small shop compared to the fabric by metre. All products are labelled with information about the history and origin of the fabric.

New cotton prints
Two women’s short gown, originally from Kallfors manor, Södermanland, Sweden, were documented from a private collection. The brown and white cotton print from the first short gown generated the design Pumpa, printed in two variants: the original size in brown, red and black; and a smaller size, fitting for the bags and toilet sets we have designed. The lining in this short gown, another cotton print on blue ground, was reproduced as Rosita. This fabric was put on the market in cooperation with the Swedish cultural newsletter “Vi”. The first delivery was offered to be bought first hand by the subscribers. The fabric will, however, soon be available to all our customers on our homepage.

In connection to the tercentenary of the birth of the Swedish Botanist Carolus Linnaeus we produced the screen printed cotton Currant. The original is a lining for a quilted blanket kept in his summer house Hammarby outside Uppsala. In connection to this we made reality of the idea of also making blankets from the fabrics. The blankets are now hand quilted in India. They are widely popular both for 18th century furnishing as well as for modern homes. The original coloured brown fabric is used on one side, and our own blue colour way on the other side of the blankets. We also did design and produce simple fabric bags for the museum shops. This product is ideal for gifts and souvenirs: a useful beautiful product with a Swedish history, sold to a price that fits both tourists and regular museum visitors.

Skansens klädkammare, the costume department of the open air ethnographical museum of Stockholm, possesses an interesting textile collection, which we are very happy to be able to study. The first fabric we reproduced was named Mynta. It is a lining in a bonnet from a Swedish folk costume. Originally blue and white, we now print it in several colours. Blue, black and red is sold by the meter. In addition we also print both Mynta and Pumpa in pink and turquoise to be made up as toilet sets.

18th century fabrics from many Swedish churches are kept in the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm. We were happy to find two Indian block prints, actually with a 17th century dating. Originally they were a lining of an altar frontal in the city church of Arboga, Västmanland. The prints were named Poppy and Ling and these are now also used to produce beautiful hand quilted blankets.

Already last year we were contacted by the Museum of Värmland in western Sweden, but it is not until now this gives fruit to our last newcomer this year: the block printed cotton Dorotea. The original is an apron, dated about 1800, from the collection of the museum.

An Exhibition
October 27 the exhibition “Bellman Sevenbom och Prinsessan” opened in the Stockholm City Museum. The exhibition colourfully describes the life in 18th century Stockholm from different viewpoints. Duran Textiles AB sponsors the exhibition with reproduced garments and fabrics in three of the showcases. On February 17 and April 11, 2008, Martin Ciszuk will give lectures on 18th century textiles, and our reproductions, in connection to the exhibition.

…And a new year is waiting
The year 2008 will start with our participation in the commercial fair “Formex” in Stockholm 17-20 January. We greet all our customers that run business and shops welcome to our showcase C18:71.

More cotton prints
New cotton prints are already in pipeline in India. One is a European chinoiserie: Jumping Dog, from the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm, with oriental motifs in black yellow and white on red ground. Another design is the lining from the second short gown from Kallfors: Kaprifol, a block print on white linen ground dated ca 1750, in brown, pink and light blue.

And new silks
New silks are also coming. One delicately patterned silk damask in three colour ways: Pion, originating from a chasuble dated 1715 in the collection of the Museum of National Antiquities. We are also working on a brocaded silk of the1760-ties, from a dress in the Museum of Värmland: Bukett. The silk is a large scale design, with bunches of flowers and lace garlands - a typical dress fabric of the time. A lot of effort is made to transfer the design and the character of the silk to a machine woven fabric quality.

Waiting for the large scale designs of woven silks we decided to produce some machine embroidered silks: Rococo, Tulip and Royal . These are made using the designs for woven silks from the English manufactories at Spitalfields, London, which has been published by Victoria and Albert Museum.

Scandinavian Collection
In our search for 18th century fabrics we come over a lot of beautiful designs used in Scandinavian folk costume. We plan a separate collection with these as printed cottons, hand bags and toilet sets. Also we want to produce them as neck kerchiefs in cotton, silk and wool. One design, Kulla, is a printed cotton in five colours originating from a maidens bonnet from Hälsingland in Northen Sweden, now in Skansens klädkammare. In December we visited Norsk Folkemuseum - the Norwegian Museum of Folk Culture. We will, among other things, reproduce a block printed linen apron from their collection. This specific piece was depicted in one of the paintings with folk costumes (Norwegian - Bunad), made by the famous Norwegian national romantic artist Adolpf Tideman (1814-1876). Lolland-Falsters Diocese Museum in Maribo, Denmark, also contacted us for collaboration, so we now plan to put this together in a Scandinavian collection.

Duran Textiles AB wishes You all
a merry Christmas and a happy new year



Laila Durán and Anne Kristin Moe from Norsk Folkemuseum - the Norwegian Museum of Folk Culture, locking at the exhibition of Spitalfields silk dresses.

Martin Ciszuk visit Kari Anne Pedersen and Anne Kristin Moe at Norsk Folkemuseum.
The museum has a large textile collection and Durán Textiles have chosen five cotton prints to reproduce during 2008.

Martin Ciszuk analysing the lining of a sleeved waistcoat in Norsk Folkemuseum, made from the same silk damask as the Duran Textiles design Flora.

Laila Durán. Photo: Heidi Fossnes

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