So that an old loom can be snapped up again

"We are urgently looking for a harness maker!" This call for help comes from the Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS), the former parament weaving mill Hubert Gotzes where a "Schnellschütze" - a wide loom from 1965 - is currently being renovated and equipped with a new harness.

The harness is the pulling device that connects the cords of the sley - in front of the weaver - with the upper part of the loom . With the Jacquard machine, which ensures that the individual threads are raised or lowered during weaving. This weaving technique developed by Joseph-Marie Jacquard in France in 1805, which - in contrast to the dobby loom - can control all threads individually, allows the production of complex patterns.

Such a suit of armor is now being replaced on one of the nostalgic looms in Europe's oldest jacquard hand weaving room, where the drawstrings are simply showing their age. Now there is a new suit of armor, but not the promised suit maker from the Czech Republic, where the rare item for the Krefeld Museum was made.

"Adverse circumstances have led to this situation," says HdS spokesman Dieter Brenner, who is now on the lookout for a harness maker across Germany could help the weaving experts in the museum with the renovation of the loom. Brenner: "It is necessary to thread 3,200 threads - which are controlled by 400 sinkers with eight repeats - in the truest sense of the word." And: "Even in our velvet and silk city there should still be numerous harness makers who once worked in Krefeld were."

Whoever helps out in the nostalgic weaving room at Luisenstraße 15, so that a snip-snip can soon be elicited from the "quick shooter". , please contact the museum on 02151-9345355. Or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.< /p>

Desperate expressions on the faces of Manfred Weisters (left) and Christian Beckers. The two weaving experts work on a voluntary basis in the House of Silk Culture, where they are waiting for a harness maker who can thread 3,200 cords correctly on one of the old looms in Hubert Gotze's former parament weaving mill.
HdS photo: Brenner

Even the currently summery (late) summer days can't hide the fact: Christmas is in just under two months! The Advent season is just around the corner, which begins with the "November lights" in our house of silk culture. That is the title of our magical Christmas bazaar, which will take place after a two-year Corona break on Saturday, November 19th from 3pm to 7pm in our museum at Luisenstraße 15.

With candlelight, Christmas scents and a (?) glass of mulled wine, we would like to get you in the mood for the upcoming festive season. There are a variety of stands with wonderful offers at our Christmas bazaar.

These include strings of glittering beads and gemstones woven into chains in macrame. Jewelry made from old buttons. Ceramic bowls, accessories made of different materials, Christmas cards, stars, beautiful hand warmers made of velvet and silk and felted wool

For the first time, miniatures made of high-quality silk fabrics are presented for collecting and giving away. "Playing with Silk" is the name of the new project that we will inform you about in detail shortly when we open the next "door" with a view to our "November Lights".

The Bauhaus student, textile designer, graphic designer, artist and university teacher Prof. Annette Pöllmann died on October 16 at the age of 96 . This sad news reached the public these days from our House of Silk Culture (HdS), where the Bauhaus icon enriched the museum's advisory board with her diverse artistic skills.

For many, Annette Pöllmann was the Bauhaus student who had studied with Georg Muche and Elisabeth Kadow and was a professor at the Krefeld Textile Engineering school (later Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences) demanded the highest quality from its classes. For others, she was the pioneer of silk painting, the tirelessly creative person who, when invited, asked her guests to draw the radishes at the buffet before they were eaten because they glowed so appetizingly red.

Annette Pöllmann (right) opened in 2017 together with curator Ulrike Denter the exhibition "When the patterns learned to walk".

"Everyone will remember her warmth of heart, her incorruptible judgment and her fine sense of humour," writes Petra Diederichs in an obituary in the Rheinische Post. And: "Annette Pöllmann, who has made a name for herself beyond the borders of Europe, was always creative - almost until her last days." She was constantly looking ahead and looking for something new.

The advice she gave, especially to young people: "People, never give up, even if you have to face defeats !“ And she knew what she was talking about: as a university graduate she had to deal with 113 rejection letters when she was looking for a job because, as a “wild Picasso”, she was once again a step ahead of her contemporaries with her ideas.

Since her retirement, she has increasingly used the Haus der Seidenkultur as a platform for her textile art over the past decade. "When the patterns learned to walk" was one of her last major exhibitions in 2017, which she organized together with Dr. Ulrike Denter curated. This collaboration grew into a great friendship between the two textile workers.

"With Annette Pöllmann, a large chapter of Krefeld's textile culture is being buried," says our museum director Hansgeorg Hauser, who in May of this year together with Pöllmann opened the current exhibition "Iridescent pearls hanging by a thread". The exhibits came from her sister Margarete Schumacher.

The "Queen-Mum" of silk culture, as Pöllmann was dignified in our museum circles, spent the last few weeks at the "Bonhoeffer -A house". The funeral will take place in the middle of next week with your family in your birthplace in Iserlohn.

"But her path in life led Pöllmann to Krefeld early on," says Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki, Head of Culture at WZ, leafing through the artist's biography Among other things, she studied free graphics at the Düsseldorf Academy, until she became a professor at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach in 1972, where she taught textile and clothing technology with a focus on textile design.

"The life's work of the multi-talented artist will always live on in the House of Silk Culture," says the obituary of the museum's mourners.< /span>

Annette Pöllmann stood in front of the television camera several times in the House of Silk Culture . Here in conversation with WDR author Helge Drafz.
HdS photos: Brenner

Where does the silk thread actually come from? The answer came from our museum team at the SINN department store over the weekend, where we were present with a booth as part of the Krefeld event “Emotion”. Our "winder boy" Elias explained live and in color the route from the silkworm to the silk thread, which produces the precious yarn for us from which our silk scarves and ties are woven.

We offer this collection in our silk boutique in the museum at Luisenstraße 15 (just a few minutes' walk from the main train station). These noble products are also available in our online shop around the clock. Remember: Christmas is in three months; and products "Made in Krefeld" could literally shine under every Christmas tree. And here is the entrance to the upcoming gift giving:

Haus der Seidenkultur is right up to the minute when it comes to things digital. Virtual museum guides, treasure hunts and the nine-Euro public transport ticket attract more and more visitors.


Wolsig 52 had never been to the centre of Krefeld before. “During our walk we discovered that there are also quite interesting spots here” according to the post which arrived at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS). Just one of numerous feedbacks which the team at “the oldest weaving workshop for ecclesiastical textiles in Europe” as the HdS spokesperson Dieter Brenner likes to emphasize, received. For the past two years the Silk Museum has also been offering its town tour “Walk along silk routes” as a geocaching option. This digital tour of discovery has made such an impact that the two sections will be supplemented with a third section in the autumn. Together with curator Ulrike Denter, Volker Vander, himself a passionate geocacher, is currently developing this third tour which will lead around the Hüls district.

Over the past two years 365 starters have undertaken the Krefeld geocache-tour, 350 of them have followed both routes right to the end. “As most people pursue geocaching in groups, one could say that more than 1000 persons have walked in Krefeld”, says Vander who runs a market garden professionally.

Actually the idea was a make-shift solution brought about by Corona. “At the time we said, if the people are not able to come to us then we must reach them in another way”, says Brenner. And therefore the popular walking tour about the textile history of the town was converted to a digital paper-chase and was exceptionally well received. The nine-Euro public transport ticket has led to another boom. “We reach people in completely different places who have never been to Krefeld”, says Brenner. “And some then also go shopping here”.

Geocaching was introduced into the internet from the USA on May 30th 2000. “Worldwide seven million people take part in the game“, says Vander. The idea is much older: “In the 18th century there were already small boxes at summit crosses where people could leave their name to prove that they had been there,” relates Vander. Geocaching functions basically in the same way but it involves tasks and rewards. Along a secret route, the course of which one has to work out by solving riddles, one arrives at a treasure in a cache. It is hidden in a box together with the so-called logbook in which the successful geocachers sign their name. “As a bonus there is a cocoon at Haus der Seidenkultur from which one can reel silk“, says Brenner.

At each location of the silk rally the cacher finds a video. “I was very lucky to be able to use films from Haus der Seidenkultur for this“, says Vander. Naturally he doesn’t want give away what the questions cover nor which path has to be taken. Strict geocacher law. A little hint: A sentence written in red is involved.

Those who visit Haus der Seidenkultur personally in future can hope for a digital escort – an avatar explains the history and the craft and everything concerning silk from the silkworm to fine fabric. Ten tablets are now available for individual visitors who do not have the opportunity to experience a guided tour. Now they can just click on all the information in pictures, sound and text depending where their interest lies. “The tablets are also suitable for the hearing impaired”, says Brenner.

The information programme lasts for two hours and visitors can choose which information they would like. The digital upgrading at Haus der Seidenkultur was possible thanks to EU-sponsorship relating to digitalisation of former crafts.

Important visitor at Haus der Seidenkultur: the president of the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR), Ulrike Lubek, paid a visit to HdS accompanied by her Personal Assistant, Carmen Heyner. Actually just a short visit was planned but the LVR director was very impressed by our museum. In particular the nostalgic weaving hall where master weaver Manfred Weisters enticed a skilful “click-clack” from the old looms awakened her interest.

Lubek also described our establishment as a “gem in Krefeld“, when signing the visitors’ book expressing her “sincere appreciation” for the exclusive guided tour. The head of the museum Hansgeorg Hauser, who was awarded the much treasured “Rheinlandtaler” by the LVR a few weeks previously, was naturally very pleased about that.

As a communal organisation, the LVR performs services in connection with youth welfare, support for the handicapped, in the field of psychiatry and in the field of culture throughout the Rhineland. It is the largest key player for persons with a handicap in Germany and it runs 41 schools, ten clinics, 20 museums and cultural establishments, four youth welfare facilities, the state youth welfare service and the remedial support network. More information about the LVR can be found here:

To bring old textile craftsmanship to life is the goal of our team from House of Silk Culture once again perfectly implemented at the Flax Market. After a two-year Corona break, all players were particularly motivated. The visitors, who were able to look live and in color over the shoulders of our weavers and a patron during their unusual activities in the nostalgic spinning room, were inevitable.

Our contribution in the courtyard, where we illustrated the route from the silkworm had built up to the silk thread. The unrolling of the silk thread from the cocoon - called reels - was one of the eye-catchers for the amazed visitors.

One ​​of our highlights here was our flax market quiz. In the meantime, the riddle has been solved: Exactly 1155 (glass) pearls shimmered in a vessel that we had set up at our stand in the Linner Burghof for three days during the Flax Market. Among the 500 or so visitors who took part in our quiz was Christoph Buysch from Krefeld, who with his estimate – 1158 pearls – only “shot over” the target by three pearls, but thus came closest to the solution.< /span>

Marlies Schumacher-Kemme had silk from Krefeld (left) and Ilka Neumann in the Flachsmarkt range.

As the main winner of our promotion, he can now create a group of 15 people and visit our museum on the desired date, where he is greeted with a champagne reception and given an exclusive tour of the former parament weaving mill.

Barbel Paashaus was also just off the mark, counting 1150 pearls and thus won the 2nd prize. With 14 people of your choice, we are now inviting the woman from Krefeld to a "walk through the city along silken paths." The third prize goes to Sebastian Feldhaus from Moers, who will receive two free tickets for a visit to our museum in the mail. He wrote down the number 1143.

The estimates ranged from 100 to 20,000 beads that Nadja F .from Neuss suspected. Clever wanted to be a participant who entered "500 to 600 pearls" as an answer on the solution coupon. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the campaign, which we carried out based on our current exhibition "Iridescent pearls hanging by a thread".

A special thanks goes to Ina Wasser, who brought us from Perlen Groß- and retail "Perlina-Krefeld" supported in the implementation of the campaign. The exhibition – which is dedicated to the (textile) art of beadwork – can be seen in our House of Silk Culture until December 11th.

Timo (left) and Elias provided assistance with the children's loom, the youngest members of the Haus der Seidenkultur team.

Our patron Dieter Blatt explained the preliminary stages of weaving, where pattern draftsman, patron and card beater were once in demand.

Our head of the museum, Hansgeorg Hauser, was awarded the Rheinlandtaler “as a patron of Krefeld culture” at an impressively festive event. “Hansgeorg Hauser is a doer with moderator qualities,” headlines the Westdeutsche Zeitung (WZ) and writes: “Hauser is a team player who can forge networks; earlier in my job and to this day for art. In addition, the head of the House of Silk Culture likes private initiatives that preserve valuables. That's why he wanted the Uerdinger sewage treatment plant as the venue for his honor."
And there came with LVR director Ulrike Lubek and deputy chairwoman Karin Schmitt-Promny (photo) the head of the regional association Rhineland highest self. Around 130 guests celebrated the festive event with Hauser, which was accompanied by music from Stephan Langenberg and his bandoneon. "A Krefeld instrument that became known worldwide - not least because of the tango in Argentina," as Krefeld Mayor Frank Meyer stated in his welcoming speech.
The graduates of the nutrition department of the Vera Beckers vocational college took care of the epicurean part. In this all-round successful event, Hauser (83) also said: "I am very happy about the award, which I accept on behalf of everyone!" If you want to listen to this top-class event in the truest sense of the word, in our podcast - here under the News/Podcast section – is that possible.
More photos of this festive event are available at the following Internet address

Karin Schmitt-Promny came from the top floor of the Regional Association of the Rhineland (LVR) - which awards the prize - to the Krefeld sewage treatment plant, where Hansgeorg Hauser was awarded the Rhineland Valley.  HdS photo: Christian van Doorn

Wie angekündigt ist sie jetzt da: Die überarbeitete Aufzeichnung der Live-Übertragung unserer Vernissage „Schillernde Perlen am seidenen Faden“. Zu den schönen Bildern liefern wir jetzt auch einen guten Ton. Ein Klick auf den Button und schon sind Sie im lebendigen Ausstellungs-Geschehen mit dabei. Viel Spaß und gute Unterhaltung wünscht das Team vom Haus der Seidenkultur.

New Exhibition at Haus der Seidenkultur

The recording of the vernissage can be seen here on our YouTube channel.

“Schillernde Perlen am seidenen Faden” (Iridescent Beads on a Silk Thread) is the title of the new exhibition at Haus der Seidenkultur. On show is beadwork done by Margarete Schumacher (1916-2018), who was artistically creative throughout her whole life without ever having received any relevant training.

As an autodidact she developed beadwork to a special art. Without any patterns or preparatory drawings the artist used thousands of extremely small glass beads pictorially in her work and created abstract atmospheric moments in her colour and light nuances.

The vernissage of the exhibition prepared by curator Dr. Ulrike Denter will be broadcast live in the internet next Sunday, 8th May from 11.00 hours. Present too will be Professor Annette Pöllman who also made a name for herself as a Bauhaus artist.

The reason given by art historian Dr. Rita Mielke for the lack of literature about the art of beadwork is that the history of beads was of immense importance for centuries but in recent times it has become more a niche subject which is remote from the mainstream. In the meantime Mielke herself ranks as one of the few experts who have dedicated themselves to this textile art history. Her fascinating insight will be included in the live broadcast in the form of an interview.

Despite having many appointments on Mothering Sunday, the mayor of Krefeld Frank Meyer will participate via video link to make a short welcoming speech to the guests and those who have prepared the exhibition.

The music accompanying the vernissage will be provided by the guitarist Christian Winter, instructor at the Neuss School of Music. The exhibition will run until 11th December 2022 in the museum in Luisenstrasse 15 and can be visited during the opening hours from Wednesday to Friday from 15.00 to 18.00 hours and on Sundays from 13.00 to 17.00 hours. Guided tours can be booked at any time under telephone 02151-9345355 or per Mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The “entrance ticket” to enjoy the exhibition opening live can be found in the internet under the following address:

Bereits 2020 bekamen wir vom Haus der Seidenkultur den Heimatpreis der Stadt Krefeld zugesprochen. Jetzt fand die festliche Preisverleihung im historischen Ratssaal des einstigen Stadtschlosses statt. Oberbürgermister Frank Meyer sprach von „der Stunde null der städtischen Ehrungen“, die corona-bedingt lange Zeit nicht stattfinden konnten. So wurden dann insgesamt sechs Initiativen mit dem begehrten Preis – der vom Land NRW ins Leben gerufen wurde - ausgezeichnet. Darunter auch die Preisträger des Jahres 2021. In seiner Laudatio sprach der OB mit Blick auf unser Museum davon, dass es kaum einen anderen Ort gebe, an dem sich die „Vergangenheit und Zukunft der Textilstadt so mit allen Sinnen nachempfinden lässt, wie in dem kleinen aber ausgesprochen feinen Museum an der Luisenstraße.“

Unser Museumschef Hansgeorg Hauser (rechts neben dem OB) stellte in einer launigen Rede die Einrichtung vor, die aus der früheren Paramentenweberei Hubert Gotzes hervorging. Hauser griff aus der Rede des OB den Passus „unser Haus der Seidenkultur“ auf. Im Gebrauch des Pronomens „unser“ zeige sich am deutlichsten der Bezug zur Heimat.

Ausführlich berichtete die Tagespresse über die Verleihung des Heimatpreises. Hier ein Link zum Beitrag der WZ "Sechs Auszeichnungen für heimatliches Engagement"

Ausschnitte aus dieser Veranstaltung werden in der ersten Aprilwoche in unserem neu eingerichteten Podcast unter folgender Internetadresse zu hören sein

"An avatar will soon guide you through the "Silk Museum" is the title of the WZ in its March 16, 2022 issue on the "Culture in Krefeld" page. Head of Culture Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki states: "The House of Silk Culture is getting fit for the digital future". The positive echo of the contribution, which deals with the "Mingei" EU project, also comes from abroad, where the people involved in the project are looking attentively to Krefeld, where the finale of the measure mentioned is due soon. The half-page article brings the reader up to date; one more reason to publish the article here in unabridged form:

from Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki

It might come as a bit of a surprise – or maybe not – that a relatively small, privately run museum in Krefeld is one of the busiest digitally in the city. And that doesn't just mean the already attractive website of the House of Silk Culture Krefeld in the former Hubert Gotzes parament weaving mill. A professional-looking and informative website is actually a minimum for a museum today, no matter what kind. Although there may still be room for improvement in one place or another in other museums, but that is another long story in a very broad field. It is also still quite “normal” that despite the likeable “handmade” atmosphere in the building itself and also on the videos, exhibition openings are regularly streamed (also available on YouTube afterwards).

It gets spectacular when you hear terms like avatar, digitization and the like from Dieter Brenner. Incidentally, the lively good spirit in the house likes to jokingly refer to himself as a "swashbuckler" in reference to the craft of the "patroneur", who made templates for fabrics. And the charisma of this elderly gentleman, who passionately guides you through the secrets of the Silk Museum and inspires people for the traditional craftsmanship of silk weaving, can also be experienced digitally in the future. This is possible through an EU project called "Mingei", in which the House of Silk Culture is allowed to participate and which aims to "digitize both the material and immaterial aspects of ancient crafts and to transfer the corresponding knowledge. This relates to the presentation, preservation and accessibility of the craft as a cultural heritage” – as can be read on the project website.

"Our museum should also be fun to discover in the future," affirms Brenner, who will be available as an "avatar" with his voice. For individual visitors there will soon be (around April) 20 tablets, with the help of which “the avatar” will guide you through the museum with Brenner's voice. At individual info points there is more information worth knowing in words and pictures. "We want to be attractive for the individual visitor" - says Brenner. The usual way to visit the house so far is in the form of booked groups that are guided through the rooms of the museum. Individual museum guests should "not be left out in the rain."

An avatar with Dieter Brenner's voice will soon guide individual visitors through the House of Silk Culture. Photo: Mingei-Projekt

An important step is the Mingei project as part of "Horizon 2020", which goes far beyond the avatar museum guide. Paraments, priestly robes, which were made in the weaving mill at Luisenstraße 15 at the time, are digitized, and the "history of silk" but also the "craft" are digitally documented. For example, the craft of patron Dieter Blatt was recorded for eternity by means of a "motion capture process" - i.e. a digitized recording of movements, as is otherwise used in Hollywood films to fill computer-generated figures with "life". The entire project is estimated at 102,000 euros, 85,000 euros have already been approved, reports Brenner. There are still a number of things that are on the museum's wish list, she admits - and that with voluntary museums, such as the House of Silk Culture, it is by no means trivial to fit into the EU's funding structures.

Museum also has many "analogue" plans for the future

But the House of Silk Culture also has numerous "analogue" plans. So one is in good spirits that there will be participation in the flax market again at Pentecost. With a plan A and a plan B, because if the presentation at the market cannot be successful due to corona reasons, at least a small version should be possible in-house. But Dieter Brenner also likes to talk about the house's plans for the city's anniversary in 2023. After all, it takes time to prepare - the city, by the way, is currently keeping a low profile, but promises to inform the public soon. "We have found a very interesting cooperation partner for the city's anniversary," enthuses Brenner. The old sewage treatment plant and the really hard-working monument protectors from the association for the preservation of the historic sewage treatment plant in Krefeld Uerdingen. Several projects are planned with the association. A large exhibition, for example, with the artist Sonja Weber, who will show large-format works with a textile reference. Smaller exhibits are to be shown in parallel in the Silk Museum. A fashion show is also being planned to take place at the sewage treatment plant - but that is still in preparation.

 At the beginning of the year Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) was accepted as the most recent member of the “European Route of Industrial Heritage” (ERIH). This is confirmed in a decorative certificate which now hangs in the museum in Luisenstrasse 15 for all to see.

The ERIH is an important tourism network with 1850 sites in 47 countries. The aim of the organisation is to link industrial heritage sites and visitor attractions. “The objective is to allow a more in-depth discovery of the industrial landscapes of the respective regions,” says Hansgeorg Hauser, head of the HdS museum. And: “Through our membership we can also include the left-bank region of the Rhine in the overall concept.”

For those who in future want to discover and see for themselves more about the common roots of European industrial history along one of the topic routes offered by ERIH, Luisenstrasse 15 in the “Town like Silk and Velvet“ offers a new link.

The location near to the railway station, a gas works and electric power station in the immediate vicinity provided ideal general conditions in the Wilhelmine period for the development of an industrial landscape in the once noble Krefeld Crown Prince District of Krefeld. It was against this background that the Hubert Gotzes Paramentenweberei – the present HdS – was established.

ERIH-President Dr. Maria Grewing therefore considers the membership of Haus der Seidenkultur to be an “additional asset within the options offered by the tourism network.” And: “Each industrial monument, each town, each workers’ estate forms part of this initially European and later world-wide development”. However, visitors seldom learn anything or only very little about this. At HdS this connection will be emphasised more clearly during guided tours in future.



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This certificate indicates that Haus der Seidenkultur is now on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

(veröffentlicht am 11.06.21)

In der ZDF-Trödelshow „Bares für Rares“ mit Horst Lichter ging im Mai ein Priestergewand über die (Händler-)Theke, dass nach einer langen Zeitreise jetzt nach rund 100 Jahren wieder an seinen Ursprungsort, der einstigen Paramentenweberei Hubert Gotzes, zurückkam. Dort, dem heutigen Haus der Seidenkultur, bekommt das gute Stück jetzt seinen Ehrenplatz.

Doch der Reihe nach: Vermutlich um 1920 wurde der „Chormantel“ – ein liturgisches Gewand, das von katholischen Priestern während der Messe getragen wurde – in der Paramentenweberei Hubert Gotzes angefertigt. Zumindest wurde es in den 50ziger Jahren im Unternehmen an der Luisenstraße 15 in Krefeld restauriert. Von dort landete das schmucke Gewand in Recklinghausen bei einem Ehepaar, das bei „Bares für Rares“ einen neuen Besitzer suchte.

In der Fernsehsendung erwarb es schließlich der Kunst- und Antiquitäten-Händler Thorsden Schlößner aus Kreuzau bei Düren. 400 Euro zahlte er für das Exponat, das die Expertin zuvor auf 150 bis 200 Euro geschätzt hatte. Doch genaugenommen war allen klar, dass das mit Goldfäden durchzogene Samt-Exponat weitaus mehr Wert ist. „Würde man heute ein solches Teil in Auftrag geben, müsste man um die 10.000 Euro auf den Tisch legen“, schätzt HdS-Sprecher Dieter Brenner.

Letzterer war es auch, der auf dem Facebook-Portal des Museums auf die Sendung hinwies und vermerkte: „Schön wäre es, wenn der Mantel wieder an seinen Ursprungsort zurückkäme; aber ob sich dafür Sponsoren finden?“ Und unmittelbar nach dieser Publikation, die auf Anhieb 3000 Klicks verzeichnete, fanden sich die ersten Geldgeber. Darunter der Krefelder Geschäftsmann Peter Oediger. „Mein Vater, der mit Krawatten handelte, hat mich durch seinen Beruf schon an das Thema der Textilstadt herangeführt“, sagt Oediger. Und: „Vor diesem Hintergrund war es für mich so eine Art Verpflichtung hier helfend einzusteigen.“

Letztlich war es aber Kunsthändler Schlößner selbst, „der seine Händlerinteressen weitgehend zurückgestellt und aus Sicht unseres Museums sehr gut gehandelt hat“, wie es Brenner während einer Pressekonferenz formulierte. Schlößner selbst sagt dazu: „Wenn ich sehe, dass ein besonderes Exponat eine besondere Öffentlichkeit - wie die eines Museums – bekommen kann, unterstütze ich solche Projekte sehr gerne.“

Nicht nur der Chormantel, sondern auch Thorsden Schlößner selbst fand jetzt seinen Weg nach Krefeld, wo der gelernte Schreiner früher sein Holz einkaufte. Beeindruckt zeigte sich der Händler von der grünen Krefelder Innenstadt und vom Zustand des alten Stadtbades, das der Fernsehmann – der ein Faible für den Jugendstil besitzt – unbedingt besuchen wollte. Auf dem „kurzen Dienstweg“ zwischen HdS und Stadtbad wurde dem Wunsche recht kurzfristig entsprochen.

Jetzt bekommt das durch „Bares für Rares“ bekanntgewordene Priestergewand im Museum an der Luisenstraße seinen Ehrenplatz. Und damit nicht genug: „Die Sponsorengelder ermöglichen uns, nach weiteren Priestergewändern Ausschau zu halten“, sagt Brenner. Eine Kirchenzeitung werde im Raum des Bistums Aachen bei dieser Suche behilflich sein. Daher der Sprecher abschließend: „Für uns brachte Bares für Rares wirklich sehr viel Wunderbares…!“


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Nach einer langen Zeitreise kommt ein Priestergewand zurück an seinen Ursprungsort. Händler Thorsden Schlößner (links) hat es möglich gemacht, der hier vor laufender Kamera von HdS-Sprecher Dieter Brenner interviewt wird. Rechts im Bild mit Peter Oediger einer der Sponsoren, die dieses Projekt unterstützten.

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Stippvisite im ehemaligen Freibad inmitten der Krefelder City. Thorsden Schlößner (links), der ein Faible für die Jugenstil-Ära hat, war begeistert.
HdS-Fotos: Christian van Doorn

(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


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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. .

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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

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Press-spokesperson Dieter Brenner presented the first live broadcast from Haus der Seidenkultur.
Hd Photo: Christian van Doorn