“Krefeld has the smallest loom in the world” was one of the headings in the Rheinische Post newspaper on 28th September. “This work of art was created by Rainer Bartelsheim and can now be seen at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS)”, wrote the WZ newspaper on the same day. The gem is hardly larger than a packet of cigarettes and that makes it a sensation which is now on show in the museum in Luisenstraße 15. The museum is extremely proud to have received this donation. In the RP newspaper HdS press spokesman Dieter Brenner said: “This is our second unique attribute”. And: “The first is the fact that we have the only preserved Jacquard weaving workshop in Europe still at the authentic location”. WDR television also broadcast a report of the event in the programme “Lokalzeit”. After all, the smallest loom in the world is also mentioned in the Guiness Book of Records.
Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) took part in “Krefeld pur”. Namely in the Mennonite church on the Königstraße. A parade of silk scarves (photo) enticed people from the street into the church where the transformation of the silkworm into silk thread was depicted. HdS was also able to present its extensive range of silk products on the large catwalk. Manfred Weisters from the HdS team captured the highly contrasting proceedings with his camera. His moving pictures can now be viewed on KR-TV. Just follow the link:
Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) would welcome new volunteers to support its present team. “The different functions at our museum in Luisenstraße 15 are very varied”, says HdS spokesperson Dieter Brenner: “After all we offer our visitors a wide range of different options.”
In addition to the normal museums services, our volunteers provide guided tours for groups, prepare for seminars and are involved in the preparations and organisation of exhibitions. “Anyone who is interested in getting to the bottom of a topic, who has some technical skills and who is willing to tackle the task at hand can even be involved in the next exhibition”, says Brenner.
Even for a “Niederrheinische Kaffeetafel” – an added option to a guided tour – many helping hands are required to set the tables and serve the food and drinks. A friendly assistant is on hand in the museum shop to advise visitors when purchasing high-quality products such as silk scarves, waistcoats or neckties.
Anyone who takes pleasure in the former textile professions and can communicate this knowledge will certainly find and appropriate area for their own leisure-time pursuit at the former Hubert Gotzes parament weaving factory. The museum educationalists are also always on the look-out for new colleagues who enjoy working with children and young people.
“New volunteers are always very welcome and soon find their niche”, says chairman Hansgeorg Hauser, who underlines once more how important volunteers are for Haus der Seidenkultur: “Without such people, we would not be able to provide our cultural contribution for Krefeld!”
Manual weaver Günter Oehms is one of the oldest volunteers at Haus der Seidenkultur where he demonstrates weaving and prepares the looms. HdS
Following an initial media assessment, the film “Stadtspaziergang auf seidenen Pfaden” (Town Walk on the Silk Route) has been released for the public and is now available for purchase as a DVD at Haus der Seidenkultur.
The film – made in autumn 2015 in HD quality – relates the story of, amongst other things, the Mennonites in Krefeld and their significance for the “Town like Silk and Velvet”. And clergyman Christoph Wiebe explains the role played by the king of England in Krefeld town history.
In addition actors get their say, for example, Klaus Drenk representing Master Ponzelar in the film, who climbs down from his pedestal and walks through the town with his doffer boy singing the bobbin winders’ song. Town guide and scriptwriter Dieter Brenner comments on the highly contrasting action which in just under 20 minutes takes the viewer to numerous historical places and explains the history.
“Without the assistance of the Bayer Uerdingen Photo-Film Club we would not have been able to realise this production”, says Brenner who expressed thanks to the members of the Uerdingen Club for their technical support and for making available the recording equipment.
The film – which is certainly particularly suited for use in schools – can be purchased now for the price of 15 Euro as DVD in the Museum Haus der Seidenkultur in Luisenstraße 15.
Scene from the filming. In the centre Master Ponzelar with his doffer boy Elias. Right of picture town guide and scriptwriter Dieter Brenner. Photo: HdS
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