Michael Schwidtmann from Müller-Brüderlin Street in Krefeld is a huge fan of the zoo in the “Town like Silk and Velvet”. During advent he therefore placed an order in our online shop for one of the last remaining scarves portraying the apes which we have included in our collection. In doing so he not only supported the rebuilding of the ape house with the sum of ten euros but was also rewarded by fortune for his purchase.
That means: Michael Schwidtmann is one of the winners of our Christmas draw. In our “Meister Ponzelar” advent calendar he opened the correct door at the correct moment and won an annual entrance ticket for the Krefeld Zoo for the entire family. Congratulations!
Whilst in France Dorothea Diehl received the news that she has won a guided tour of the Dujardin distillery for eight persons. The purchase of a beautiful silk scarf as a Christmas present for her mother therefore certainly paid off. The native of Krefeld who now lives in Koblenz fulfilled a wish which her mother had had for long time. Diehl: “I will soon find eight interested people for the tour because I am acquainted with many wine connoisseurs.” And: “Naturally we will also visit Haus der Seidenkultur.”
A ring binder with photos of Old Krefeld purchased in our online shop resulted in a ticket to visit our museum for Frank Dahlschen (Krefeld). He can bring with him nine more people who will first enjoy a guide tour of Haus der Seidenkultur and will then be served an original “Niederrheinische Kaffeetafel”.
And here are the other winners: Hans-Joachim Wierichs from Meerbusch is pleased to receive a fashionable case sponsored by the Einrichtungshaus Hafels (furnishing house) in Fischeln. Martina Berns (Krefeld) and Doris Hoferichter (Kempen) have each won a culinary tour around the Krefeld “Velvet District”. They can both be accompanied by another person for the tour with event manager Michael Otterbein.
Conclusion: There are a lot of good reasons to click on to our online shop. Many surprises are lurking there not only during the Christmas period. We are still offering our service “Click and Collect”. Simply follow the link and we are there for you despite the fact that the “Silk Boutique” is closed.
They acted as “Lady Luck” when picking the winners of our Christmas Draw. Ilka Neumann (left) and Antje Ditz; both members of the committee of our museum.
HdS Photo: Christian van Doorn
What will the year 2021 bring us? We don’t really know but one thing we know for certain. This year Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) will continue to present itself as a living museum. For example in the past few weeks alone more than 100 Geo-Cacher have taken the “Town walk on the Silk Route”. The Magazin für Kultur und Lebensart in Krefeld “Kredo” (Magazine for Culture and Lifestyle in Krefeld) reported in detail about our electronic scavenger hunt in the most recent edition. (More about it here soon).
Our motto adapted to the current situation is: “If people cannot come to us in the museum due to Corona then we just reach out to our visitors!” And we are continuing this intention once more with our “mobile cinema” which we kicked off with in the middle of last year.
The Krefeld “Covestro Foto-Flim-Club” is responsible for the direction. The chairman, Wolfgang Volker – a volunteer at HdS announces five new films in the current show which have been selected by the head of the film group, Heinz-Dieter Hamm. The audience can look forward to highly contrasting travel documentaries with adventurous experiences from Greenland to Nepal.
“Meer des Sandes” (Sea of Sand) is the title of Lothar Lindner‘s (Kempen) film about Inner Mongolia. The autonomous province of the Peoples’ Republic of China covers large areas of massive sand dunes providing a splendid setting for films. Klaus von de Gracht, a native of Krefeld, has dedicated his contribution to the Spanish painter Cesar Manrique.
In October 1993, Lothar Lindner (Kempen) was part of a trekking group discovering Nepal. The aim was to circle the mighty mountain massif Manaslu – 8163 metres - high in 20 days. The film is therefore entitled “Manaslu”. Gerd Dikta enthuses about Helgoland in his film “Hochseeinsel und Paradies“ (High Sea Island and Paradise). The largest island on earth was Wolfgang Volker’s destination visiting the Greenland coast. He stayed in a hotel in Ilulisaat, which is also the title of his film.
“In the next edition of the “mobile cinema” there will also be a contribution from HdS again” promises Volker describing a project in which a card puncher is the star of the film. Please click on the following link to open the procedure for your “mobile cinema”.
A mountain of ice showcased in the Ilulissat Fjord
Ursula and Hansgeorg Hauser have headed their Greetings for the Festive Season “Nevertheless”. The Chairman of the Association of Friends and his wife quote “very meaningful words from Mother Teresa”.
To put it in a nutshell their appeal is this: If people react differently to what you expect you should love them nevertheless. It continues: “The goodness which you show will be forgotten tomorrow but you should show goodness nevertheless”. In another place it reads: “Honesty and forthrightness render you vulnerable but be honest and forthright nevertheless. What you have built up in years of hard work cannot be destroyed overnight, therefore build nevertheless!”.
Finally Mr. and Mrs Hauser would like to express “their sincere thanks for everyone working together“ and wish everyone a Happy Christmas.
This splendid elaborate nativity scene is in a living room at Haus der Seidenkultur.
HdS-Photo: Christian van Doorn
Haus der Seidenkultur once again empties its donation boxes
Hansgeorg Hauser, Chairman of Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) visited the Krefeld Zoo with donation boxes filled to the brim. There Caroline Gappel, office manager of the Association of Friends of the zoo was more than happy to receive further donations from Haus der Seidenkultur.
“During the period in which the old foundations of the ape house are being removed we want to make a contribution so that new ape house foundations can be cast,” said Hauser stating the reason for his commitment.
Pleasure also on behalf of the Association of Friends of the Zoo “because the surge of readiness to help has not ebbed”, says Gappel.. And: “HdS was one of the first institutions to organise a donation campaign.” As is well known, after the night of the fire on New Year’s Eve HdS had a silk-satin scarf with a motif from the ape house produced in the record time of one week to be sold at a price of 28 Euro. For each scarf purchased – size approx.. 70 x 70 cm) – 10 Euros go to the rebuilding of an enclosure for the apes,” says Hauser.
As the first limited edition of 500 scarfs was sold out within a few days, a second collection of 1,000 was produced. “We now want to warmly recommend the remaining 500 scarves to people during this festive season,” explains Hauser who hopes to finalise the donation campaign which should contribute a total of 15,000 Euro this year. The sum of 10,000 Euro must have been reached judging by the empty boxes.
The motifs on the scarf originate from the Krefeld-based photographer Hella Hallmann.. The Krefeld-based advertising agency „Mediacolor“ was involved in the realisation of the special edition. “The first release triggered a real hype”, says HdS spokesperson Dieter Brenner based on the fact that, “on the HdS-Facebook page at times up to 36,000 people showed an interest in this unique exhibit”.
The silk-satin scarf can still be purchased from the open “Silk Boutique” at the museum in Luisenstrasse 15. Namely from Wedensday to Friday from 15 to 18 hours and on Sundays from 13-17 hours. The zoo scarf is offered around the clock in the HdS online shop. Hauser: “With a click on the following link you make a contribution to the rebuilding of the ape house in the Krefeld Zoo.” https://seidenkultur.de/shop/online-shop/category/view/10
And here are further sales outlets whose representatives straightaway offered to include the scarf in their assortment:
Bookshop Mennenöh, Rheinstraße 70;
Estate agent Becker-Wittig Immobilien, Ostwall 111;
furniture store Hafels Raumausstattung, Kölner Str. 532 (Fischeln);
Copy Wolf, Oberstr. 34 (Uerdingen);
optician die brille, Krefelder Str. 32 (Hüls);
Nailstudio Nagel- u. Fußpflege Atelier Gabriele Owczorz, Wiedenhofstr. 54;
hairdresser Friseur Hairlich, Ute Rumpel, Kaiserstraße. 115;
Narziss u. Goldmohn, Tim Peerenboom, Oppumer Str. 175 / Großmarkt - Box 22;
jewellery Schmuckwerkstatt Barbara Bismark, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 209;
Deutsche Post Fil. 591, stationery shop Schreibwaren H. Wenders, Uerdinger Str. 612;
Papeterie lechner + hayn Papeterie, Sandra Lemke, Rheinstr. 114;
hairdresser Friseur am Schwanenmarkt, Dagmar Schobert, Evertsstr. 10;
Elektro Schloßmacher, Hochstr. 55, 47918 Tönisvorst
Chairman of museum Hansgeorg Hauser hands over further donation boxes from Haus der Seidenkultur to office manager of the Association of Friends of Krefeld Zoo, Caroline Gappel.
That is the current Corona situation at Haus der Seidenkultur
The “Silk Boutique” at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) will remain open in November as a specialist shop for high-quality silk products. “However from Monday, 2nd November the weaver museum with all the classical exhibition areas will be closed“, said Dieter Brenner announcing the implementation of the compulsory Corona break.
The boutique in Luisenstrasse 15 which functions as a completely autarkic retail shop where the Corona regulations can be strictly adhered to is exempt from closure. “We can guarantee disinfection facilities, social distancing, separate entrance and exit“, says Brenner.
Furthermore the press spokesperson underlined how important the income would be in the pre-Christmas period because HdS makes the sales proceeds available for cultural work in the “Town like Silk and Velvet”.
Other institutions would also benefit from Christmas shopping. For example the Krefeld Zoo. The former foundations of the ape house are currently being removed and HdS is already supporting the construction of a new foundation for the ape house through an extensive fund-raising campaign.
As is generally known, HdS had a silk twill scarf made immediately after the catastrophic fire. It depicts animal motifs which originate from the collection of the zoo photographer Hella Hallmann who recorded life in the enclosure with her camera. For a sensational price of 28 € it is possible to acquire this unique item in the Silk Boutique. Ten euros go directly into the donation box for the zoo.
The range of items offered also includes silk scarves and neckties with historic patterns which were once woven in the Hubert Gotzes weaving workshop for ecclesiastical textiles for the splendid liturgical vestments.
The popular “Ape Scarf” is also available in the Silk Boutique in Luisenstraße 15.
(veröffentlicht am 05.10.20)
“Luisa’s story also also touched Krefeld” read the heading of an article in the Rheinische Post about the fate of a young woman who was fighting for her life in Sevilla because of Corona. In addition the reader learns that “Haus der Seidenkultur is participating in appropriate campaign”.
Ilka Neumann, HdS committee member, explains the connection between Luisa and our museum. Luisa Marie Meißner is a 22-year old from Düsseldorf who has completed a fashion design qualification. For her final qualification collection “Quipuia – La Fantasia anudada” (which means knotted fantasy) she selected fabrics from Haus der Seidenkultur.
Luisa‘s collection describes its own history. The silk with the circle pattern was woven specifically for the collection. Symbolically the sun which was already a symbol for integrity and equality amongst the Inkas was woven into the radiant golden silk.
Neumann describes Luisa as being innovative and full of life. She was therefore more than shocked when she learned that the designer had become ill with Corona in March 2020 during her internship in Spain. She was taken into the intensive ward of the hospital when she was put into an artificial coma straightaway. “It is a wonder that she is still alive,” says Neumann.
Today Luise is living in the shadow of her illness. She still uses a wheelchair or walks short distances with a walking frame. Neumann: “she still needs further therapy and time. Time for her lungs to regenerate, to re-learn how to walk and to cure her neurological and psychological deficits.”
Against this background HdS has decided to support a charity event for Luisa. During the “Herbstzauber” event held at the Krefeld steeplechase track we drew attention to the fate of Luisa. Anyone who wishes to support Luisa’s long path back to life can find more information in the Internet under “Spendenkonto Licht für Lu” (donation account):
Luisa Marie Meißner created a link to the knot language (Quipu) used by the Inkas using fabrics from Krefeld. Photo: Luisa Meissner
“Herbstzauber“ – an event at the steeplechase track – was a suitable platform for us to draw attention to the fate of the young designer.
HdS Photo: Marlies Schumacher
Luisa Marie Meißner created a link to the knot language (Quipu) used by the Inkas using fabrics from Krefeld. Photo: Luisa Meissner.
“Herbstzauber“ – an event at the steeplechase track – was a suitable platform for us to draw attention to the fate of the young designer.
HdS Photo: Marlies Schumacher
(Published on 28.08.20)
The first live broadcast from our museum was a complete success. “You must definitely do the same again in future“, the Mayor of Krefeld Frank Meyer told museum chairman Hansgeorg Hauser. I sincerely congratulate you all on the successful premiere with the live broadcast to open the exhibition “Dog Whelks and Dyers’ Woad”. Perhaps this is the beginning of a new era in which Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) came reach a much wider circle of those interested, wrote Dr. Hermann Schumacher, Chairman of the Creinvelt Association.
Here the feedback from Achim Wahl: “From my couch at home I was able to watch a very good and well planned exhibition opening. This certainly opens up new perspectives for the future regarding the presentation of our museum and our work.” And Klaus Drenk stated: “The HdS team has once again set new standards and positioned itself at the forefront of a new development.” The broadcast can be accessed via the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67JzJDgy1sc
Andreas Bischof recorded what it was like behind the scenes during the broadcast. At the press of a button it was decided which picture from HdS went on air. .
Our curator Ulrike Denter (right) with Birgit Sievers-Schmitz. The god-daughter of the deceased textile engineer Gerhard Schlichtmann provide numerous exhibits for the exhibition which Schlichtmann had already contemplated during his lifetime. Mrs Sievers-Schmidt and her husband
HdS-photo: Christian van Doorn
Press-spokesperson Dieter Brenner presented the first live broadcast from Haus der Seidenkultur.
Hd Photo: Christian van Doorn
This is an important premiere at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS): The opening of the next exhibition “Dog Whelks and Dyers’ Woad” will be broadcast live in Internet in YouTube on Sunday, 23rd August starting at 11.00 hours
The exhibition opening will not just be filmed but expertly staged by the Covestro-Foto-Filmclub and video experts from the company yps. This means that all the friends of HdS can follow what is happening in the museum live.
If only a few people can actually be present in the museum due to Corona, then we simply go to the visitors“, says HdS press-spokesperson Dieter Brenner about the live broadcast premiere which was sponsored by the Sparkasse Krefeld.
Musical highlights from HdS events in the past year will visually and aurally complete the programme. A pleasure which the mayor Frank Meyer who will be present “live“ at HdS doesn’t want to miss.
If you wish to follow the event live you will find your “entrance ticket” in the Internet under the following links
More about the content of our new exhibition which delves deeper into the development of textile dyeing can be found on this platform under Options/Exhibitional
(veröffentlicht am 30.07.20)
Seidenkultur and Foto-Filmclub announce a new programme
The “Mobile Cinema” which the Krefeld-based “Covestro-Foto-Filmclub” in cooperation with Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) opened in the internet during the Whitsun period is now presenting more treasures from Krefeld. “Our premiere was a complete success“, says HdS spokesperson Dieter Brenner who now announces the programme change offering six new films.
Initiated to make the best of things during the Corona period, the “mobile cinema” was initially intended as a virtual substitute for the annual film evening in the museum which is always sold out. Brenner: “As the saying goes, if visitors cannot come to us, then we come to the visitors”. The high audience rating measured on the basis of the number of clicks has encouraged the organisers to continue with the project.
And therefore the “curtain” rises once again for more films moderated by film club member Wolfgang Volker. The audience can look forward to an amusing short film, film scenes from HdS and four documentaries showing events in Krefeld and the Lower Rhine area.
Gerd Dikta from Grefrath has captured impressions from Haus der Seidenkultur with his camera. He links the priests’ vestments which were once woven in the Paramentenweberei Hubert Gotzes (now HdS) to the silk culture of the Chinese Miao population.
The “Federal Hunting Horn Player Competition” is presented in the film taken at the foot of Burg Linn in 2018 by the Krefeld-born Heidulf Schulze. He called his 12-minute contribution “Defence of the Title”. “50 Watt for a garden” is the title of the film made by Wolfgang Volker from Viersen who kept a (camera) eye on a water garden one entire summer long.
The short film by Lothar Lindner from Kempen entitled “A little housework” promises to be amusing. Next comes “Stony stories”, in which the Krefeld-born Klaus von de Gracht describes the “Kempener Grenzsteinweg” (Kempen Boundary Stone Way) along which 100 historic boundary stones serve as a reminder of the constantly changing history of the region.
The “Gold of the Lower Rhine“ is a joint work of the Covestro Foto-Film-Club members who in 2014 made an 18-minute long documentary about gravel and sand extraction and the re-naturalisation of the resultant expanses of water.
“If you click on the following link to the internet you will have chosen a very special cinema visit“ say HdS and the film club, inviting you to watch the new films in the “mobile cinema“.
Here is your entrance ticket:
New films from Krefeld and the Lower Rhine area are being presented in the “mobile cinema”.
Impressions from Haus der Seidenkultur where once priests’ vestments were produced for the Catholic Church.
One of the films in the “mobile cinema” reflects on the exhibition in which HdS focussed on the silk culture of the Chinese Miao population.
Photos: Haus der Seidenkultur
“Mask garages” with an imprinted antibacterial protective coating are currently the hit at our museum. The fabric cases made specifically to “park” the cloth masks were completely sold out in two days.
“We have re-ordered the case and the popular product is now available in our museum shop once again”, says HdS committee member Ilka Neumann. This unique case decorated with a historic pattern has a particularly pleasant appearance and provides a clever alternative to the freezer bag which often has to serve as a “mask garage”. The practical gimmick was developed exclusively for HdS by the Krefeld-based Stünings-Medien-Group.
“The proceeds of 2.50 Euro will contribute to the cultural work which we do for Krefeld”, states the museum in Luisenstrasse 15 where the “mask garages” can be purchased during the normal opening hours: Wednesdays to Fridays from 15.00 to 18.00 hours and Sundays from 13.00 to 17.00 hours.
The popular “mask garages” are available once again at Haus der Seidenkultur
Martha Prell was one of the first fashion designers in Krefeld. The creative lady studied at the Höhere Fachschule für Modegrafik und Mode (College for Fashion Design and Fashion), the forerunner of the Textile Engineering College, from 1940 to 1943. She was taught by Elisabeth Kadow, who made a name for herself in Krefeld as a Bauhaus graduate.
Today at the grand age of 95 years, Martha Prell is publicly exhibiting her fashion designs for the first time. This unique premiere is currently taking place at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS). “We have dedicated a small studio exhibition to the designer in the historic tradesmens‘ corridor of our museum” says curator Dr. Ulrike Denter. She has succeeded in drawing the attention of the public to this rather modest and reserved textile artist. Now the widely travelled lady came to HdS to see the exhibition for herself.
“Even when I was a child my drawings were enthusiastically received by those around me”, Prell told our press spokesperson. She broke her leg at the age of ten and lay in hospital. “All the nurses wanted to see the drawings which I had made whilst lying in bed”, she remembers.
A great deal of persuasion was needed to convince her parents to let her embark on a career as a pattern designer as a young girl in 1940. Her father, who liked to sketch horses, did, however, give her support. Elisabeth Kadow very quickly recognised the talent of the young student who, with the backing of the well-known patron, was gladly accepted for a place at the “Lette School” in Berlin, an institution which served many young artists as a stepping stone into the fashion world.
And consequently some years later Martha Prell found herself at the fashion house “Schloss Grafenberg” near Düsseldorf. Here she designed creations for the high society of the time. “I was allowed to create fashion designs for star actresses like Elisabeth Flickenschildt and Christiane Hörbiger”, remembers Martha Prell looking back at an illustrious past which has now, in small measure, become alive again at Haus der Seidenkultur.
“We regard this small additional exhibition as the icing on the cake of what our museum offers. The aim is to provide an additional argument for visiting Haus der Seidenkultur in Luisenstrasse 15 in these times of Corona”, says curator Ulrike Denter. This exhibition can be viewed until the end of the year during the normal opening hours of the museum: Wednesday to Friday from 15.00 to 18.00 hours and Sundays from 13.00 to 17.00 hours.
At the grand age of 95, Martha Prell presents one of the designs she created as a fashion designer.
Here the design of a cocktail dress which was rather audacious for the 1940s. She has signed many of her works, as is the case here, with her maiden name Martha Leyking.
Waist-accentuated tops, colourful flared skirts with floral patterns, that is how Martha Prell imagined the fashion conscious lady in 1946.
HdS photos: Christian van Doorn
(veröffentlicht am 19.05.2020)
The mobile cinema film “Zurück in Krefeld” (Back in Krefeld) is dedicated to the Bandoneon. This instrument which has in the meantime conquered the world was developed in Krefeld more than 150 years ago. “This unique documentation was made possible through the cooperation between the Krefeld Office of Culture and a bandoneon artist”, says Wolfgang Volker from “Covestro Foto-Film-Club”.
This contribution was awarded the silver medal in the category “Best documentation” at the Federal Film Festival in Fuldabrück by the Bundesverband Deutscher Film-Autoren (BDFA). As a result the Krefeld film has been nominated for the Deutsche Autoren Film-Festival (DAFF) (German authors Film Festival) due to take place in June. This film can also be viewed in our “mobile cinema” until Whitsun under:.
Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) will remain closed until 5th May. “In this way HdS is adapting to the current situation” says press spokesperson Dieter Brenner. And: “For the subsequent period we will apply a new concept for museum visits in order to ensure that visitors can comply with the one and a half metres safety distance.“
The new concept allows visitors to pass through the museum in Luisenstrasse 15 in one direction from the entrance to the exit. This ensures that visitors do not meet in the narrow sections of the building.
Just two small parts of the museum where it is not possible to ensure the safety distance will be closed for the time being. For example the technical workshop. “The crafts normally demonstrated there, that is pattern design, point paper design and Jacquard card punching, will, however, be described elsewhere”, says Brenner.
Curator Achim Wahl (right) is pleased that the exhibition “Krefeld in 3-D as it once was” is being extended. Dr. Olaf Richter (left), Head of the Krefeld Town Archives placed a large number of documents at the disposal of the museum. Photo: HdS
“Cloth face-masks are better than nothing”, is the message from many institutions which are waiting in vain for supplies of protective utensils. Against the background of this development, Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) is adopting the mask. That is: “Our volunteers who were yesterday busy with products made of silk and velvet are now beginning to make face-masks”, says museum press-spokesperson Dieter Brenner.
Strictly speaking it is makeshift mouth and nose protection which, it is true, doesn’t meet the standards of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) “but nevertheless serves as a suitable alternative”, according to Brenner.
And: “In our own stocks we have a great deal of cotton cloth which is needed to make such masks. However anyone who has bedsheets or table cloths which they no longer need can support our project by giving these to us.”
The cloth face-masks will be donated to Caritas in Krefeld. “Primarily we are considering supplying our employees with the masks for their private use”, says a spokesperson for Caritas. This group of people who come into direct contact with older and sick persons are particularly important. In a senior citizens’ institution the masks could only be used in an extreme emergency.
Behind the facade of the museum in Luisenstraße 15, thoughts have been given to the type of support the volunteers can provide during the Corona crisis.
“Old display window decorations belong on the rubbish heap, that was the general opinion of the town of Krefeld. Now this unique decoration is in the museum for the time being”, that is how Jens Krepela introduced a television report for the programme “Lokalzeit”.
Author Helge Drafz visited Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) with a television team where the report about the exhibition “Krefeld in 3D as it once was” was filmed for the WDR channel. “The visitors see a mixture of doll’s house and stage setting“, explains the presenter, awakening interest for the exhibition which can be seen in the museum in Luisenstrasse until April 26th.
In front of the camera the chairman of the museum, Hansgeorg Hauser, describes how the 14 dioramas with the impressive scenes of old Krefeld managed to escape the shredder just in time. And: “We are looking for a new owner”. Reason: The exhibits are getting old and urgently need to be restored.
For the television visit, curator Achim Wahl dusted down the figures in the „doll’s house“ and explained live in the WDR microphone how fascinating it is “to delve into the interesting stories behind the individual scenes.”
In the WDR mediathek it is possible to access the report under the title “Historische Bilder zeigen Krefelder Stadtgeschichte” (Historic scenes portray the history of Krefeld) Just click on the following link: https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/video/sendungen/lokalzeit-duesseldorf/video-lokalzeit-aus-duesseldorf---514.html
WDR author Helge Drafz (left) interviews the Chairman of the museum live in front of the camera.
HdS Photo: Brenner