Zoo-Familienjahreskarte winkt bei Weihnachtsverlosung

Das ist eine Premiere in der Samt- und Seidenstadt: Am 1. Dezember öffnet sich erstmalig in Krefeld „Meister Ponzelars Adventskalender“. „Hinter 24 Türchen, die es zu öffnen gilt, lauern jeden Tag viele Überraschungen, die uns auf das bevorstehende Fest einstimmen sollen“, sagt Dieter Brenner, Sprecher vom Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS), wo der virtuelle Adventskalender für das Internet entwickelt wurde.

Das Museum an der Luisenstraße versteht diesen Beitrag als eine Alternative zum „Novemberleuchten“, dem jährlichen Weihnachtsmarkt, der jetzt Corona bedingt nicht stattfinden kann. „Zum anderen richten wir einmal mehr das Augenmerk auf unseren Online-Shop, wo wir Einnahmen regenerieren möchten, die uns durch die gegenwärtige Schließung unseres Museums entgehen“ sagt Brenner. Und: „Gelder, die wir dringend benötigen, um auch künftig unsere Kulturarbeit in und für Krefeld leisten zu können.“

Deshalb wäre „Meister Ponzelars Adventskalender“ gleichermaßen eine Bescherung für alle Türchen-Öffner und dem HdS, sagt deren Sprecher, der das digitale Projekt erklärt.

Schritt 1: Den Adventskalender im Internet unter folgender Adresse öffnen: https://tuerchen.com/b349e4cf

Schritt 2: Den dort angezeigten Link anklicken, der direkt zum Online-Shop des Museums führt, wo ein edles und seidenes Tagesangebot mit (Rabatt-)Überraschungen lauert.

Mit Schritt 3 nehmen alle Kalender-Besucher, die im Zeitraum vom 1. bis zum 24. Dezember im Online-Shop etwas bestellt haben, mit ihrer Rechnungsnummer an der großen HdS-Weihnachtsverlosung teil. Fünf tolle Preise warten auf die Gewinner. So darf sich eine komplette Familie über eine Jahreskarte für den Krefelder Zoo freuen.

Weitere Preise sind: Eine kulinarische Tour für zwei Personen durch das Krefelder Samtweberviertel, eine Führung für 10 Personen durch das Haus der Seidenkultur, wo zum Finale eine „Niederrheinische Kaffeetafel“ serviert wird. Ferner gibt es eine Führung für acht Personen durch die Dujardin-Weinbrennerei in Uerdingen zu gewinnen und schließlich einen modisch-roten Koffer, den das Fischelner Einrichtungshaus Hafels gesponsert hat. (Mehr über die tollen Preise auf den Social-Media-Plattformen des HdS)

„Bei Meister Ponzelars Adventskalender ist Made in Krefeld angesagt“, wirbt das HdS für sein neues digitales Angebot. „Damit versuchen wir in einer Zeit, wo die Besucher nicht ins Museum dürfen, diese einmal mehr auf andere Wege zu erreichen“, sagt Brenner. Und: „Mit Blick auf die aktuelle Situation müssen wir halt neue Formen der Führungen anbieten.“ Durch die Weihnachtszeit führe jetzt Meister Ponzelar mit seinem Adventskalender.

 

 

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Sie wirbt für die Seiden-Boutique im Haus der Seidenkultur, das sie vor Jahren selbst besuchte: Madame Maryse Gaspard, einst Top-Model und heute Chefdirectrice des französischen Modezaren Pierre Cardin. Die Boutique ist mittwochs bis freitags von 15 bis 18 und sonntags von 13 bis 17 Uhr geöffnet

Das Haus der Seidenkultur leerte erneut seine Spendenbüchsen

Mit prall gefüllten Spendenbüchsen besuchte Hansgeorg Hauser – Museumschef vom Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) – den Krefelder Zoo. Dort nahm die Geschäftsstellenleiterin der Krefelder Zoofreunde, Caroline Gappel, mit Freude einen weiteren Spendeneingang der Seidenkultur entgegen. „In Zeiten wo die alten Fundamente des Affenhauses beseitigt werden, möchten wir mit dazu beitragen, dass bald die Fundamente eines neuen Affenhauses gegossen werden können“, begründete Hauser sein Engagement.

Freude auch auf der Seite der Zoofreunde, „weil die Welle der Hilfsbereitschaft nicht abebbt“, so Gappel. Und: „Das Museum gehörte mit zu den ersten Einrichtungen, die eine Spendenaktion organisierten.“ Bekanntlich hatte das HdS nach der Brandnacht zu Silvester in der Rekordzeit von knapp einer Woche ein Seiden-Satintuch mit einem Motiv aus dem Affenhaus produzieren lassen, das zum Preis von 28 Euro käuflich zu erwerben ist. „Pro Tuch – es hat die Größe von ca. 70 x 70 cm – fließen zehn Euro in den Wiederaufbau einer neuen Bleibe für die Affen“ sagt Hauser.

Da die limitierte Erstauflage von 500 Tüchern innerhalb weniger Tage vergriffen war, wurde eine zweite Kollektion mit einer Auflage von 1.000 Stück produziert. „Ein Restposten von rund 500 Tüchern möchten wir jetzt in der Weihnachtszeit den Menschen ans Herz legen“, hofft Hauser die Spendenaktion noch in diesem Jahr abschließen zu können, die insgesamt 15.000 Euro einbringen soll. Mit den jetzt geleerten Boxen müsste die 10.000 tausender Marke erreicht sein.

Die Bildmotive des Tuches stammen von der Krefelder Fotografin Hella Hallmann. In die Umsetzung der Sonderedition war die Krefelder Werbeagentur „Mediacolor“ mit eingebunden. „Die Erstveröffentlichung hat förmlich einen Hype ausgelöst“ macht HdS-Sprecher Dieter Brenner an der Tatsache fest, „dass auf der HdS-Facebook-Seite zeitweise bis zu 36.000 Menschen Interesse für das einmalige Exponat zeigten.“

Das Seiden-Satintuch ist in der nach wie vor geöffneten „Seiden-Boutique“ des Museums an der Luisenstraße 15 erhältlich. Und zwar Mi – Fr. von 15 bis 18 und sonntags von 13 bis 17 Uhr. Rund um die Uhr wird das Zootuch im Online-Shop vom HdS angeboten. Hauser: „Mit einem Klick auf folgenden Link leisten Sie einen Beitrag für den Wiederaufbau des Affenhauses im Krefelder Zoo.“ https://seidenkultur.de/shop/online-shop/category/view/10

Und hier sind weitere Verkaufsstellen, deren Repräsentanten sich auf Anhieb bereiterklärten das Tuch in ihrem Sortiment aufzunehmen:

Buchhandlung Mennenöh, Rheinstraße 70;

Becker-Wittig Immobilien, Ostwall 111;

Hafels Raumausstattung, Kölner Str. 532 (Fischeln);

Copy Wolf, Oberstr. 34 (Uerdingen);

die brille, Krefelder Str. 32 (Hüls);

Nagel- u. Fußpflege Atelier Gabriele Owczorz, Wiedenhofstr. 54;

Friseur Hairlich, Ute Rumpel, Kaiserstraße. 115;

Narziss u. Goldmohn, Tim Peerenboom, Oppumer Str. 175 / Großmarkt - Box 22;

Schmuckwerkstatt Barbara Bismark, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 209;

Deutsche Post Fil. 591, Schreibwaren H. Wenders, Uerdinger Str. 612;

lechner + hayn Papeterie, Sandra Lemke, Rheinstr. 114;

Friseur am Schwanenmarkt, Dagmar Schobert, Evertsstr. 10;

Elektro Schloßmacher, Hochstr. 55, 47918 Tönisvorst.

 

 

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Museumschef Hansgeorg Hauser überreicht Caroline Gappel, Geschäftsstellenleiterin der Krefelder Zoofreunde, weitere Spendenboxen aus dem Haus der Seidenkultur.
HdS-Foto: Brenner

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 Silk Boutique at Haus der Seidenkultur is open Wednesday to Friday from 15 to 18 hours and Sunday from 13 to 17 hours. You can obtain more information by telephone during the opening hours under 02151-936960 or by email under This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


The popular “Ape Scarf” is also available in the Silk Boutique in Luisenstraße 15.

Photo HdS

 

(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):

http://www.leetchi.com/de/c/rEGVNK7w

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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



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Luisa Marie Meißner created a link to the knot language (Quipu) used by the Inkas using fabrics from Krefeld. Photo: Luisa Meissner.

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“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

 

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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

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
https://youtu.be/DKWEy-n_x8g
or
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2hqWhf78m34FcSxWqrngIw/live
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

 

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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