(veröffentlicht am 28.08.20)

Die erste Live-Übertragung aus unserem Museum war ein voller Erfolg. „Das müssen Sie unbedingt künftig wiederholen“, meinte Oberbürgermeister Frank Meyer (Krefeld) an unseren Vorsitzenden, Hansgeorg Hauser, gerichtet.
„Ich möchte Ihnen allen für die gelungene Premiere der Live-Übertragung der Ausstellung ‚Purpurschnecke und Färberwaid‘ aus Ihrem Museum gratulieren. Vielleicht war dies der Beginn einer neuen Ära, an dem das Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) einen viel größeren Kreis von Interessenten erreichen kann“, schreibt Dr. Hermann Schumacher, Vorsitzender der Gesellschaft Creinvelt.
Hier das Feedback von Achim Wahl: „Von der heimischen Couch habe ich eine tolle und gut durchdachte Vernissage gesehen. Das öffnet sicher für die Zukunft neue Perspektiven in der Darstellung unseres Museums und unserer Arbeit.“
Und Klaus Drenk hat festgestellt: „Da hat das Team vom HdS wieder einmal mehr neue Maßstäbe und sich im Überholvorgang an die Spitze einer neuen Entwicklung gesetzt.“
Wer die Sendung noch einmal sehen möchte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67JzJDgy1sc



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Andreas Bischof hat im Bild festgehalten wie es während der Übertragung in der Regie aussah. Per Knopfdruck wurde hier entschieden welches Bild aus dem HdS On Air ging.

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Unsere Kuratorin Ulrike Denter (rechts) mit Birgit Sievers-Schmitz. Die Patentochter des verstorbenen Textilingenieurs Gerhard Schlichtmann hat der Ausstellung – die er schon zu Lebzeiten angedacht hat – zahlreiche Exponate zur Verfügung gestellt. Mit im Bild der Ehemann von Frau Sievers-Schmitz.

HdS-Foto: Christian van Doorn

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Pressesprecher Dieter Brenner moderierte die erste Live-Übertragung aus dem Haus der Seidenkultur.

HdS-Foto: Christian van Doorn.

Das ist eine große Premiere im Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS): Die Vernissage der nächsten Ausstellung „Purpurschnecke und Färberwaid“ wird am Sonntag 23. August ab 11 Uhr live im Internet bei YouTube übertragen.
Die Ausstellungseröffnung wird nicht einfach abgefilmt, sondern vom „Covestro-Foto-Filmclub“ und den Video-Experten der Firma vps gekonnt in Szene gesetzt. Somit können alle Freunde vom HdS das Geschehen im Museum live mit verfolgen.
Wenn Corona bedingt nur wenige Leute ins Museum kommen können, kommen wir halt zu den Besuchern“, freut sich HdS-Sprecher Dieter Brenner über die Premiere einer Live-Übertragung, die von der Sparkasse Krefeld gesponsert wird.
Musikalische Höhepunkte letztjähriger HdS-Veranstaltungen werden im Rahmenprogramm der Vernissage zu sehen und zu hören sein. Ein Genuss, den sich auch Oberbürgermeister Frank Meyer nicht entgehen lässt, der live im HdS mit dabei sein wird.
Wer ebenfalls das Direktgeschehen verfolgen möchte, der findet seine „Eintrittskarte“ im Internet unter folgenden Links

https://youtu.be/DKWEy-n_x8g

oder

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2hqWhf78m34FcSxWqrngIw/live

Mehr über die Inhalte unserer neuen Ausstellung – die sich mit der Entwicklung der Textilfärberei beschäftigt - hier auf dieser Plattform unter Angebote / Ausstellung.

 

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(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:


https://covestro-ffc-krefeld.de/wanderkino/



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New films from Krefeld and the Lower Rhine area are being presented in the “mobile cinema”.

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Impressions from Haus der Seidenkultur where once priests’ vestments were produced for the Catholic Church.

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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.

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The popular “mask garages” are available once again at Haus der Seidenkultur
Photo: HdS

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.

 

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At the grand age of 95, Martha Prell presents one of the designs she created as a fashion designer.

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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.

 

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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:.

https://covestro-ffc-krefeld.de/wanderkino/

 

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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.

The current exhibition “Krefeld in 3-D as it once was” will be extended until 9th August. If you have any questions or require information just contact the visitors’ service under tel. no. 02151 9345355 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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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.”

Those who have cotton cloth to donate to HdS should contact the museum by telephone under 02151-9345355 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

 

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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.

Photo: HdS.

 


“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
 

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WDR author Helge Drafz (left) interviews the Chairman of the museum live in front of the camera.
HdS Photo: Brenner

Translators visited the museum in Krefeld

What was a Dutch teacher from Deventer doing on the central computer at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS)? Answer: The Dutch teacher is Harold Pieters (54) and he translates the texts from the HdS Internet platform (www.seitdenkultur.de) from German into Dutch. “In this way our neighbours from Venlo, Den Haag and Amsterdam and the surrounding areas can more easily find out about our organisation”, says Chairman of the Museum, Hansgeorg Hauser describing the new service.
The translation project was initiated by the HdS museum volunteer Jürgen Reck. “During the volunteers’ excursion last year, a Belgian called Antony Vanslembrovck (74) gave the group a guided tour in the cathedral in Xanten. We were so fascinated by his combination of information and humour that I asked him whether he could possibly translate the German texts into Dutch for us“, says Reck.
As the Flemish speaking Belgian was well aware that Dutch and Flemish are slightly different, he asked his friend from Deventer to proof-read the texts. In the end it was Pieters who completely took over the project.
Recently all those involved met in the museum in the Luisenstrasse in Krefeld. Now that we have visited this amazing organisation we are particularly proud to be able to contribute to this great jewel,” said the two gentlemen from the Benelux who were served an original “Niederrheinische Kaffeetafel” at HdS as a thank you for their voluntary work.
In addition the new Benelux friends each received a necktie with one of the nostalgic patterns which were once woven at the Hubert Gotzes weaving workshop for ecclesiastical textiles. By the way: The Dutch word for necktie is “stropdas”, and this will also be communicated in the Internet by HdS in future.
 

 

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The Benelux translation team at the central computer at Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS). Our picture shows (left) Chairman of the Museum Hansgeorg Hauser, Antony Vanslembrovck, Harold Pieters and Jürgen Reck, who established the contacts in the neighbouring countries.
HdS-Photo: Brenner

First collection from Haus der Seidenkultur sold out in no time

The run on the silk scarf which Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) had made for the Krefeld Zoo as its contribution to the rebuilding of the ape house was tremendous. “Shortly after the publication the silk scarf in an edition limited to 500 was sold out”, says chairman of the museum, Hansgeorg Hauser. 

Via the social networks, zoo friends from abroad were also informed about the unique item. “Orders from various different countries in the world, even China, were received in the online shop,” says Hauser, very pleased about the overwhelming resonance.

“For this reason we have decided to have a second “ape scarf” made,” said Hauser announcing the production of a second silk twill scarf with different animal pictures from the burnt down great ape house. The photos were taken by the zoo photographer Hella Hallmann. HdS was once again able to win over designer Annika Balter from the advertising agency “Mediacolor” for the graphic design.

“This current silk scarf is even more colourful and fresher”, says Hauser reflecting on the new collection which has been limited to one thousand. Ten euros of the sales price (28 €) of each scarf will go to the fund set up by the Krefeld Zoo to finance the rebuilding of the ape enclosure.
“In order to facilitate the entire billing process for our staff”, the customer pays € 28 and ten euros are put into a specially positioned donation box as direct donation (our photo).

 

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HdS has found the following sales partners for this donation action: Bookshop Mennenöh, Rheinstraße 70; Becker-Wittig Estate Agents, Ostwall 111; Hafels Interior Design, Kölner Str. 532 (Fischeln); Copy Wolf, Oberstr. 34 (Uerdingen); Optician die brille, Krefelder Str. 32 (Hüls); Haus der Seidenkultur, Luisenstr. 15.
In addition the silk scarf, dimensions approx. 70 x 70 cm, can be purchased from the HdS online shop. The link is:https://seidenkultur.de/shop/online-shop

 

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Haus der Seidenkultur has had a second edition of the silk twill scarf “Ape House II” produced so that even more donations are received.
Photo: HdS

 


The wave of support for the Krefeld Zoo has not died down. For example, Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) has in a record time of just under a week had a silk-satin scarf made with a motif from the ape house which can already be purchased for a price of €28,-. For each scarf – 70 cm x 70 cm – sold ten Euros will go to the reconstruction of a new home for the apes”, says Chairman of the Museum Hansgeorg Hauser. And: “In order to increase the intrinsic value of the unique collection, we have limited the edition to 500.”

The motifs originate from the Krefeld-based photographer Hella Hallmann. The advertising agency “Mediacolor” was involved in implementing the special edition. “Thanks to the extremely rapid assistant of all those involved we were able to get this support project on the rails very quickly”, says Hauser thanking a “super team” for their commitment.

The silk-satin scarf can be bought during the opening hours of the museum shop in Luisenstrasse 15, namely Wed.-Fri. from 15.00 to 18.00 hours and on Sun. from 13.00 to 17.00 hours. The Zoo Scarf is also on sale in the HdS online-shop which has recently been set up. Hauser:“With a click on the following link you are making a contribution to the reconstruction of the ape house in Krefeld’s Zoo.” https://seidenkultur.de/shop/online-shop/category/view/10

 

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Silk routes of discovery through the town, now also for individuals

Haus der Seidenkultur HdS is starting the new year with numerous new options and an extended range of touristic choices in Krefeld. “Starting straightaway we will be offering regular walks or coach tours on the silk routes around the town”, says museum press-spokesperson Dieter Brenner. And: “In the past such tours were only available for group bookings but now individuals can take part.”
The first date for a two-hour “Town Coach Tour on the Silk Routes” is Friday, 13th March. The first “Town Silk Walk” will take place on Friday, 20th March. This includes a visit to the St. Dionysius parish church with a short tour of the church and organ music.

Meeting point for both tours is 12 noon at HdS in Luisenstrasse 15. The town coach tour costs €15 and the town walk €8 per person. For further information and reservation options please contact Tel: 02151- 9345355 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
“Our tours link the past, the present and the future of the textile town”, reveals Brenner describing the concept as “tours of discovery through the “Town like Silk and Velvet”. This applies in particular to the new town walk which is being offered in conjunction with the current exhibition “Crefeld in 3 D as it once was”.
14 dioramas (as we reported) currently on show at the museum depict what Krefeld looked like in the so often described good old times. “At the original locations we now see how the town has changed,” says Brenner, who is also acts as the town guide for HdS.

New options can also be found on the HdS internet platform where the museum shop is accessible around the clock under https://seidenkultur.de/shop/online-shop.
There is also news from the museum educationalists who will soon present their concept for 2020 which will include numerous interesting options for children and youngsters. Recently the museum staff have often been asked whether admission is free for children at HdS, - a measure which has just been introduced in the municipal museums. “That was always the case at HdS,” says museum Chairman Hansgeorg Hauser – HdS being the pioneer for free admission for children as it were.
In addition Hauser gave notice of the committee resolution that in future any person may attend the annual general meeting of the Association of Friends, not just members. Hauser: In this way our activities become more transparent and more people will be attracted to our voluntary cultural work for Krefeld.”

 

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Here our town hall – once the town mansion of the von der Leyens – as it once was. The previous contruction was made of timber. HdSPhoto: Brenner

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And this is what the Krefeld town hall of looks like today. HdS Photo: Wahl

 

 
 

Our exhibition “Crefeld in 3 D how it once was” can now be seen on television. Reimund Meincke from „k&m Medienproduktion“ has shot a film for Kreveld-TV in the museum. Press spokesperson Dieter Brenner, interviews live the Director of the Town Archives, Dr. Olaf Richter, Curator Achim Wahl and Chairman of the Association of Friends Hansgeorg Hauser.

Click on the following link to start the film:
https://stadtfernsehen-krefeld.de/0468-crefeld-in-3d-dioramen-laden-zur-zeitreise-ein/

This is Maryse Gaspard, once top model at Pierre Cardin. Today she is Directrice de la Haute Couture at the fashion czar‘s establishment. And what is the most fashion conscious lady in the world wearing? A silk scarf from Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS), naturally.

Three years ago Madame Gaspard visited HdS personally where there was a temporary exhibition commemorating the first European Fashion Oscar, the “Golden Spinning Wheel” awarded to Pierre Cardin by the town of Krefeld 53 years ago now. The realisation that fashion belongs in a museum has now also been acted upon by the “Düsseldorfer Kunstpalast” where the HdS team once again met up with Madame Gaspard who was happy to recall the “personal atmosphere” of the Cardin exhibition in the “Town like Silk and Velvet”.

In Düsseldorf, where the present Cardin exhibition can be visited until 5th January 2020, Madame Gaspard wore a scarf with the HdS gondola pattern. “Each of our historical patterns used for scarves and neckties is accompanied by a certificate describing the significance and the origin of the pattern”, says HdS spokesperson Dieter Brenner. And: “In Maryse Gaspard we once again have a prominent ambassador who literally takes our scarves around the whole world!”

“Anyone who wants to join the circle of fashion ambassadors can find the appropriate information material and arguments at the museum,” says Brenner promoting the museum shop which is, as of immediately, open around the clock online. This not only makes Father Christmas happy but also the Chairman of the Association of Friends, Hansgeorg Hauser: “The turnover during the Christmas period is an important source of income for us and we need this in order to continue contributing to the cultural scene in the town of Krefeld in future”, he says.
Anyone wanting to do their Christmas shopping at the museum has an opportunity to do so during normal opening hours, namely Wednesdays to Fridays from 15.00 to 18.00 hours and Sundays from 13.00 to 17.00 hours..

 

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In Düsseldorf Madame Gaspard wore a scarf from Haus der Seidenkultur.
HdS-photo: Christof Denter