On Sunday 14th October from 15.00 to 16.00 hours there will be a “Fashion Show at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS)” presenting dolls and fashion in the post war years. This forms part of the temporary exhibition “Zeitgeist in Dolls’ Houses”. On Sunday 14th October from 15.00 to 16.00 hours there will be a “Fashion Show at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS)” presenting dolls and fashion in the post war years. This forms part of the temporary exhibition “Zeitgeist in Dolls’ Houses”. Therefore it will not be fashion models but the small inhabitants from the dolls’ houses who stride along the catwalk in the museum in Luisenstraße 15. Astrid Keusemann is responsible for this unique presentation. The trained bookseller and librarian is now employed in the Information Department at the library of the University Duisburg-Essen. 
For many years now she has collected German dolls’ houses because it fascinated her to decorate the miniature homes. “Each of these home, design and fashion styles led me to another period in history which I aim to represent as accurately as possible,” says Keusemann. And: “In addition I love leafing through old newspapers and advertisements, a passion which I as a blogger share with many other collectors.” 
The very different fashion show at HdS will depict the departure from the corset and also the advent of women’s trousers. A revolution in women’s fashion in the 20th century presented on the miniature catwalk by the occupants of the dolls’ houses.  The accompanying illustrated talk with photos from old fashion catalogues, magazines and advertisements clearly show the changes in the miniature and real world of fashion. 
It costs five euros to attend the fashion show at HdS presented by the occupants of the dolls’ houses. This also entitles visitors to visit all the other sections of the museum. The exhibition “Zeitgeist in Dolls’ Houses” has been extended until 11.11.2018 due to the large number of visitors.

 Puppenmode 2


 Puppenmode 1

Grown-up fashion was later also worn by the occupants of the dolls’ houses.

The “Internet” of the 1950s included the Otto mail-order catalogue which nowadays has a collector’s value of up to 1,000 €. This edition from 1959 reflects the women’s fashion of its time.

HdS-photos: Keusemann

On Wednesday 17th October from 19:00 to 20:30 hours Krieewelsche Dialect is on the programme at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) when the dialect expert Heinz Webers (photo) will be spinning the red thread. The illustrious evening will get going with talks and music in northern German dialect. On Wednesday 17th October from 19:00 to 20:30 hours Krieewelsche Dialect is on the programme at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) when the dialect expert Heinz Webers (photo) will be spinning the red thread. The illustrious evening will get going with talks and music in northern German dialect. 
Webers belongs to the group of people in the “Town like Silk and Velvet” who have made the dialect respectable once again.. “Up until the 1960s the northern German dialect was considered to be bad taste”, says Webers.  And: “Those who spoke in dialect were “Pondels” folk. Laughing he adds: “My first foreign language was therefore German.” 
“Dialect is more affectionate than High German”, says Webers providing the following example: “If I say to a friend: ‘Do böss ene ärme Doll’ then I am indicating to him that he doesn’t comprehend something not in an offensive way but kindly. It simply sounds different if I say to him in High German: You don’t understand.” 
The musical entertainment on the dialect evening at HdS will be provided by the “Krieewelsche Fente”, alias Dieter Brendgens and Walter Langer. Entrance to the museum in Luisenstraße 15 is five euros. This includes a guided tour of the former weaving workshop for ecclesiastical textiles where many of the exhibits will be described in dialect.


Heinz Webers

Photo from Heinz Webers

Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) assesses the recent presence at “Krefeld pur” very positively. The museum staged itself very skilfully both in the Mennonite church and also on the catwalk in the Königstraße.  Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) assesses the recent presence at “Krefeld pur” very positively. The museum staged itself very skilfully both in the Mennonite church and also on the catwalk in the Königstraße.  
For example, the designer Kaone Mabina who has been nominated for the “Golden Ribbon”, presented her fashion collection under the label “MO70” (photo below). The collection reflects a passion for clean-cut, architectural and hand-created items. It includes fine angular details such as creative couture techniques and complicated cut techniques. 
MO70 is inspiration from childhood memories in a remote place in Botswana, where Kaone Mabina was born, a woman who was called MO70 and who dressed in patchwork garments. MO70 relates to current social issues, plays on ideology and religions and on the way of life of people worldwide. MO70 aims to depict a person from the complicated contemporary world. 

 Kollektion Kaone


 Seidener Faden


Actors from “Studios 232” also took part in the fashion section. The path of the silkworm up to the creation of silk thread was related in dance. A super show choreographed by Anja Santoriello.

HdS-photos: Brenner


Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) had a visit from clerics from Salem Abbey on Lake Constance. Prior Father Johannes Brügger and priest Matthias Schneider came to Krefeld in search of fabrics for priests vestments destined to be worn in the Basilica Birnau, the oldest church of pilgrimage on Lake Constance. 

“Several vestments need restoration and others have to be made completely new”, said Father Brügger, a member of the Cistercian Order. And: “We came across HdS, Hubert Gotzes former weaving factory for ecclesiastical textiles in the internet and it seemed to be a good address.” Point paper designer Günter Göbels showed the guests from Lake Constance a variety of precious brocades which can be seen in the museum but which are not for sale. 

However HdS took advantage of its good contacts to the Dutzenberg Weaving  Factory for Ecclesiastical Textiles, one of the few companies in Germany which still weaves such fabrics. It just took a telephone call and soon the entire delegation sat at the production company opposite Cornelia Gathmann who now runs the company on Frankenring 115 in the fifth generation. 

Therefore the clerics did not need to return to Birnau empty-handed and in future fabrics from Krefeld can also be seen in the most beautiful church of pilgrimage in the Lake Constance region.



Prior Father Johannes Brügger (right) and priest Mathhias Schneider gathering information about ecclesiastical textiles at HdS. In the centre point paper designer Günter Göbels.

HdS Photo: Dieter Brenner

HdS Exhibition presents culture of home decoration in miniature

From rococo to post-modern: “Zeitgeist in doll’s houses” is the title of the new temporary exhibition which will open on 15th April at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) in Luisenstraße 15 in Krefeld. The exhibition presents the styles of various epochs in doll’s houses. Whether Biedermeier or art nouveau, whether Bauhaus style or “flower power”, miniature worlds reflect the lifestyle and zeitgeist of the different periods in history. “Culture of home decoration in miniature” describes in a nutshell Erika Schönhoff’s - a native of Krefeld - collecting activities over a thirty-year period. The 79-year-old is now presenting her “small contemporary testimonials” to a wider public in Krefeld for the first time. 

“A very precise miniature depiction of reality can make cultural history and the culture of home decoration more easily comprehensible for children“, says Schönhoff, who is extremely familiar with the learning aptitude of young children from her teaching experience in junior schools. The exhibition therefore also includes a doll’s house which children can furnish themselves and get a feeling for the exhibits. For curator Ulrike Denter and her team the last few weeks have been quite challenging.

“A particularly light-handed touch was needed when positioning the extremely small parts”, says Denter. And: “Some doll’s houses consist of more than 100 individual parts”. Thanks to the professional instructions given by Erika Schönhoff whose son had taken photos of the different rooms from various angles, the HdS team was able to master the preparations admirably. 

In the exhibition “Zeitgeist in doll’s houses”, many of the small details illustrate the technical progress in households over time. Dolls dressed according to the fashion of the day bring the history of lifestyle culture alive. One of the highlights: The interior of a church in which the small figures are carrying fabrics which were once produced in the Hubert Gotzes Weaving Factory – now HdS. “This was intended as a surprise for the museum’s chairman, Hansgeorg Hauser “ says Denter.

The history of the doll’s house begins in the year 1558, when the first known doll’s house was built for Duke Albrecht of Bavaria. The small work of art served purely as a decorative ornament. Other aristocrats and wealthy merchants took up this idea and had their mansions reconstructed in miniature in order to portray their wealth. Dolls illustrate exactly how each room was used in the magnificently designed doll’s houses. Right up to the 17th century doll’s houses were not regarded as toys but were used as visual teaching aids for children. 

The exhibition “Zeitgeist in doll’s houses" will run at HdS until 11.11.2018. Opening times Wed.-Fri from 15.00 to 18.00 hours and Sun. from 13.00 to 17.00 hours and for groups upon appointment. Book under telephone no. 02151-9345355 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it...

Beim Metzger in der 60zigern












At the butcher’s in the 1960s

Einkaufen im Tante Emma Laden












Shopping at the corner shop

Im Wohnzimmer 1965











In the living room in 1965

Nach ihrer Auflösung spendete „Sericaria“ dem Museum 4000 €

Im Haus der Seidenkultur traf sich jüngst der Club der Seidenleimer. Dahinter verbirgt sich die studentische Verbindung „Sericaria“, die ein Stück Krefelder Textilgeschichte geschrieben hat. Gegründet wurde die Verbindung 1913 als Verein der Weberschüler an der damaligen preußischen Höheren Fachschule für die Textilindustrie. Ihren Namen hat die Studentenbewegung vom Sericin abgeleitet, ein Protein, das die Seidenraupe bei der Produktion von Seide bildet. Jetzt hat sich die Verbindung aufgelöst.

Grund: Mit der Verlegung des Fachbereichs Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik der Fachhochschule Niederrhein nach Mönchengladbach war das Ende besiegelt. „Trotz vieler Bemühungen war es uns nicht möglich die Studenten zu unseren Kneipenabenden nach Krefeld zu holen,“ sagt Dipl. Ingenieur Dieter Blatt. Als Ehrenamtler im HdS hatte er jetzt Mitglieder der einstigen Verbindung zu einem Treffen ins Museum an der Luisenstraße geladen.

Dabei wurden alte Erinnerungen ausgetauscht. Die Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung und die Pflege der Geselligkeit gehörten mit zu den Aufgaben der Verbindung. „Vor allem aber war es uns wichtig, stets die Freundschaft auch zu Studenten anderer Nationen zu intensivieren“, sagt Blatt. Vor diesem Hintergrund wurde der Verein während der NS-Zeit verboten.

Bei der offiziellen Auflösung der „Sericaria“ stellte der Kassenwart fest, dass noch etwas über 4.000 Euro auf dem Konto waren. Wohin damit? „Im HdS kann es gut verwendet werden“, war der Vorschlag von Dieter Blatt. Und so fand jetzt im Museum eine Scheckübergabe statt. „Eine beachtliche Spende, die uns dabei hilft unsere Arbeit für Krefeld kontinuierlich fortzusetzen“, freut sich Museumschef Hans-Georg Hauser.

Dieter Blatt (links) und HdS-Vorstandsmitglied Ilka Neumann freuen sich über die Spende der Studentenverbindung „Sericaria“. Für ihren Museumsbesuch hatten die Textiler noch einmal ihre Couleurs angelegt.                                  HdS-Foto: Brenner


Und das berichtete die Rheinische Post über dieses Ereignis. Bitte den Link anklicken.

Das die Bauhaus-Ära auch in Krefeld deutliche Spuren hinterlassen hat zeigt das WDR-Fernsehen in mehreren Beiträgen, die derzeit in der Samt- und Seidenstadt gedreht werden.

Das Staatliche Bauhaus wurde 1919 von Walter Gropius in Weimar als Kunstschule gegründet. Nach Art und Konzeption war es etwas völlig Neues, da das Bauhaus eine Zusammenführung von Kunst und Handwerk darstellte. In Krefeld wurde Bauhaus vor allem durch Mies van der Rohe geprägt, der als Architekt eine Vielzahl seiner Gebäude in der Weberstadt errichtete.

Drehort für die WDR-Produktion war auch das Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS). Im heutigen Museum an der Luisenstraße 15 wurde bereits 1868 eine Weberei errichtet, die 1908 Hubert Gotzes mit der gleichnamigen Paramentenweberei übernahm. „Daher gehört das Gebäude mit zu den Wiegen der Krefelder Textilgeschichte“, meinte WDR-Redakteur Helge Drafz, der mit einem Kamerateam derzeit in unserer Stadt unterwegs ist. Über den Termin der Ausstrahlung werden wir an dieser Stelle rechtzeitig berichten.








Einmal mehr war die WDR-Kamera auf Handwebmeister Günter Oehms gerichtet.







WDR-Redakteur Helge Drafz zeigt vor der Fernsehkamera im Museumsshop Seide aus Krefeld. Seidenschals und Krawatten sind mit den historischen Mustern, die einst in der Paramentenweberei verwebt wurden, käuflich zu erwerben.

HdS-Fotos: Brenner

Hansgeorg Hauser (photo) was once again re-elected as Chairman of the Association of Friends of Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) at the annual general meeting. “Our annual balance sheet is very presentable”, said Hauser referring to some 5000 visitors last year. Hauser: “For our jewel in Luisenstrasse that is a substantial number”. Some 3000 of those visitors were part of booked groups who wanted to discover the “Town like Silk and Velvet” at the authentic location of the former Hubert Gotzes weaving factory for ecclesiastical textiles. 

Hauser (79) is particularly proud that HdS is in the meantime indicated in the official town map of Krefeld and that there are signs in all the town car-parks depicting the historic loom.  HdS is even depicted on the world map in the Silk Museum in Tiblisi (Georgia).

Antje Ditz was elected member of the committee to replace Klaus Drenk who retired. Ilka Neumann was re-elected as a member of the committee. The new auditor is Dieter Blatt. All elections and the approval of the actions of the committee members – were unanimous with the respective abstentions.


Hansgeorg Hauser Vorsitzender

Hansgeorg Hauser Chairman

HdS-photo: Brenner

Kleinster Webstuhl der Welt
“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) 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!”

If you would like to have more information about the new tasks which await you at HdS, just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or phone 02151-9345355.  

Handwebmeister Guenter Oehms

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.  

Stadtspaziergang Szene von den DreharbeitenScene from the filming. In the centre Master Ponzelar with his doffer boy Elias. Right of picture town guide and scriptwriter Dieter Brenner.        Photo: HdS

Here you can find what is on offer for children and young persons.

The programmes are specially designed for youngsters so that they can learn something for the future by visiting our museum.

Why not download our "Little Bobbins" programme and chose the right option for your children.

Spuelchen 1

Spuelchen 2

Spuelchen 3

Great presseecho on the tribute to Pierre Cardin
"With an exquisite exhibition, the House of Silk Culture recalls the first prize giving ceremony of the Golden Spinning Wheel exactly 50 years ago." This is how the "Rheinische Post" will begin a full-page report on the current (alternating) exhibition at the Museum an der Luisenstraße 15. "The luxury of Monsieur Cardin" headed by editor Petra Diederich. A day later, the journalist reports that Maryse Gaspard and Jean-Pascal Hesse have called "a high visit to the house of silk culture". Gaspard was once the top-model Cardin, while Hesse is the company's head of the press service. The RP summarizes this visit under the heading "Pierre Cardin's Muse and his Shadow". "A homage to Pierre Cardin" is the title of the Westdeutsche Zeitung and writes in the local section of Krefeld: "The house of silk culture invites you to a glamorous time journey into the world of haute couture and the textile history of the velvet and silk town." , but fine and very high-quality exhibition recalls this particular moment "of the award of the first German fashion-Oscars. Editor Yvonne Brandt has placed a part of the extensive coverage in the overall edition of the WZ, which once again underlines the importance of the latest HdS activities. Under the heading "Parisian Haute Couture in Krefeld", Ernst Müller reports for the "extra tip": "The house of silk culture has succeeded in a coup: star designer Pierre Cardin makes his Paris creations available for the new exhibition". "By the way, this was not the only prize that Krefeld gave to Pierre Cardin," Müller recalls that Cardin also received the "Golden Silk Loop" in 1994. The "pierre cardin 1966 - 2016" exhibition is also to be seen during the opening hours of the Christmas market, with extended opening hours until 21 December; from tuesday to saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. angefragt werden.">Guided tours to the desired date can be requested by phone 02151-9345355 or by mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..