Exhibition illustrates product movements and trade
“Silk on the Move” is the title of the new exhibition at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS), dedicated to the historic development of the movement of goods in the Lower Rhine silk industry. “With this exhibition we are engaging in the project launched by the Organisation Cultural Region Lower Rhine which has been able to inspire a large number of museums in the Euregio to take part in “On the Move in the Rhine and Meuse Region”, says curator Ulrike Denter.
The exhibition focuses on the movement of products during the production processes and in connection with trade. When the von der Leyen family started to re-establish the silk business in Krefeld at the end of the 17th century, they were not able to fall back on any form of organization already in existence such as a guild. Against this background, a strictly regulated outworker system was gradually built up which was controlled initially by just a few families.
In the 18th century, the Krefeld silk entrepreneurs acted primarily as employers of outworkers. They procured the raw materials, provide the production equipment and were responsible for the sale of the products. The individual stages in the textile processing chain were carried out in so-called manufactories owned by the employers or by outworkers in their homes and the silk goods had to be transported from one place to another.
Denter: “Centre of the organisation was the entrepreneur’s office where all the threads came together. Starting from the raw material right up to the finished product, the individual movements of the silk during processing and trading are described.”
The "Stadtfernsehen Krefeld" has reported in detail on our current exhibition. To watch the film just follow the link below