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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:



Text Martin Ciszuk

The original is an apron originating from Långserud parish, Värmland (in the western part of Sweden) now in the collection of Värmland’s Museum, Karlstad ( VM 6608). The apron is made from fine, open cotton tabby with stripes of denser warps and inlaid pattern wefts of thicker cotton thread, white on white. In the Swedish 18th century written sources this type of fabric is named: broscherad kammarduk - brocaded cambric, and was a product of the early handloom factories. Similar fabrics are used as curtains in the guest rooms in the chevaliers wing at Gripsholm castle, furnished 1781. The apron is made from a straight piece of fabric, in one side is a selvedge; in the other a fine hem. At the top the apron is pleated to a waist band, 1,5 cm wide, made of the same fabric. At the bottom there is a 1 cm wide hem, and 8 cm above the hem a decorative fold, 2cm wide, is made. The fabric is block printed with leaves and scrolls in greyish blue and small flowers in rusty red. The design resembles the Swedish neoclassic “Gustavian” style by the white ground and the blue scrolls, but it points towards the 19th century by the overall small scale pattern and the strong coloured rusty red flowers. The print could be dated to around 1800. Quoting the Swedish textile researcher, Ingegerd Henschen, it is probably manufactured in a Swedish town workshop. The lightweight printed cottons were used as aprons and neck kerchiefs, but also for furnishing as curtains, bed hangings and covers. The light weight patterned cotton fabric must have been considered as exclusive, also in the late 18th century when cotton was becoming common wear, and the printed design added even more value to it. We might imagine it being worn by a young lady of a manor house, but more probably by a peasant wife from a successful farmer’s family. Aprons were a type of clothing were expensive fabric bought on the market could be used, as a display of wealth, in a context were most other clothing were made from homespun wool and linen.



Our reproduction is block printed on the same quality of cotton as all our other cotton prints. We have made it in two colour ways: the original blue and red; and a new variant in brown and red.

>> Wiew Dorotea here


The original garment: Block printed apron from Värmlands museum.

Dorotea: The reproduced design is made in two colour ways. Blue with red flowers and brown with red flowers.

The design Dorotea is block printed in a workshop in Bangalore, India.

Detail of the wooden block for printing the red flowers.

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