(veröffentlicht am 19.05.2020)

The mobile cinema film “Zurück in Krefeld” (Back in Krefeld) is dedicated to the Bandoneon. This instrument which has in the meantime conquered the world was developed in Krefeld more than 150 years ago. “This unique documentation was made possible through the cooperation between the Krefeld Office of Culture and a bandoneon artist”, says Wolfgang Volker from “Covestro Foto-Film-Club”.

This contribution was awarded the silver medal in the category “Best documentation” at the Federal Film Festival in Fuldabrück by the Bundesverband Deutscher Film-Autoren (BDFA). As a result the Krefeld film has been nominated for the Deutsche Autoren Film-Festival (DAFF) (German authors Film Festival) due to take place in June. This film can also be viewed in our “mobile cinema” until Whitsun under:.





Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) will remain closed until 5th May. “In this way HdS is adapting to the current situation” says press spokesperson Dieter Brenner. And: “For the subsequent period we will apply a new concept for museum visits in order to ensure that visitors can comply with the one and a half metres safety distance.“

The new concept allows visitors to pass through the museum in Luisenstrasse 15 in one direction from the entrance to the exit. This ensures that visitors do not meet in the narrow sections of the building.

Just two small parts of the museum where it is not possible to ensure the safety distance will be closed for the time being. For example the technical workshop. “The crafts normally demonstrated there, that is pattern design, point paper design and Jacquard card punching, will, however, be described elsewhere”, says Brenner.

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.




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.




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



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.




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




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:

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..



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

Made possible as a result of cooperation between the German Textile Museum and HdS

Barbara Köstner has a very unusual field of interest. She is a textile archaeologist. “My speciality is fabrics from the ancient world and the early Middle Ages”, explains the doctoral candidate from the University of Bonn. Currently the researcher is working closely with weavers who are happy to pass on the knowledge they have gained over their professional lifetime to the following generations at Haus der Seidenkultur in Luisenstrasse 15. Because the ingrained knowledge of the “oldtimers” helps the academic to better understand the weaving techniques used by the ancient Egyptians 2000 years ago.

Actually Barbara Köstner works mostly with a microscope. She searches for museums in England, Greece, Spain and other countries where Egyptian finds dating from the centuries before Christ are stored. She then carefully examines these fragments of ancient textiles to find out more about the material, the pattern and the weaving technique.

But “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”. This gave rise to the idea of reproducing these ancient fabric fragments on present-day looms. Using the practical approach it is possible to unlock further secrets.

Dr. Annette Schieck, Head of the German Textile Museum in Krefeld-Linn recommended Haus der Seidenkultur also located in Krefeld to her young colleague. Here the looms are ready for use and above all there are experienced practitioners who have learned to weave from scratch.

Barbara Köstner was happy to take up the suggestion. And consequently the doctoral candidate and the weavers have since the summer been developing a programme to “reproduce” ancient fabrics.

Next September they are offering an appropriate workshop for conservators, scientists, artists and hand weavers, both in German and in English. Because those interested come from all over the globe. “The first workshop is fully booked,” says Barbara Köster who is very happy about the overwhelming response.

No wonder: Such a close interlinking of science and practical application in respect of ancient fabrics is surely unique in Europe. It has only been possible thanks to the amicable co-operation between the textile museum in Linn and Haus der Seidenkultur in the heart of the city. “That is a unique feature for Krefeld”, emphasizes Dr. Annette Schieck.

The project is being financed by the cultural trust of the Krefelder Sparkasse (bank). “We are sponsoring it to the sum of 24,000 Euro“, confirms the Sparkasse director, Lothar Birnbrich.

The citizens of Krefeld can also support the project: “We are still looking for looms for the project,” says Hansgeorg Hauser, Chairman of the Association of Friends of Haus der Seidenkultur. “Anyone who has a compact table loom or pattern loom with 12 or more shafts at home should get in contact with the museum.”

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At the loom: Textile archaeologist Barbara Köstner working with the experienced weavers (from left to right) Dieter Blatt, Manfred Weisters and Christian Beckers to reproduce ancient textiles and to unlock their secrets. Photo: Ernst Müller, Stadt-Spiegel

An amazing development: Where once the textile landscape flourished in the “Town like Silk and velvet”, the abandoned company premises have lain derelict for decades. Now new life is emerging in the former factory halls in various parts of the town, for example in the Mies van der Rohe Business Park at Girmesgath 5. New offices where creativity and innovation are at home are now being established in the listed buildings belonging to Verseidag.

In cooperation, we from the museum Haus der Seidenkultur (HdS) now offer guided tours on the historical premises. Former pupils of the Fichte Gymnasium (Grammar School) who took their school leaving examination there 62 years ago took the opportunity to book this tour. .

During the tour Janina Hofius (left) combined the past, the present and the future of Verseidag which continues to produce fabrics in Industriestrasse. Nowadays however, these are not silk and velvet but high-tech textiles. For example the textile roofs of the Olympic stadiums in Berlin and Munich came from Krefeld – a fascinating story which we are happy to relate in the museum. And why the new central bus terminus Ostwall – Rheinstrasse should have a glass roof seems very strange to us.



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„Aldi inspiriert“ is the title of the new edition of the customer magazine of the discounter. On page 46 there is a rubric Tips for Visits in the Region. Four suggestions are made, starting with modern architecture in Düsseldorf up to the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne.

Tip No. 3 hangs “On a Silk Thread”. This is a reference to Haus der Seidenkultur which is also mentioned in the Aldi leaflet.  Isn’t it great that a relatively small museum is being presented to the public on such a large stage.

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“Krefelder Kulturcocktail” is the title of a programme which Radio “KuFa” broadcasts via the soundwaves of “Radio Niederrhein” once per month. One of the most recent editions was about the EU- project “Mingei”. Our press spokesman Dieter Brenner explains why the EU is digitalising the former handicraft at our museum.

Photo: HdS

Our point paper designer Dieter Blatt was also interviewed by Gabriele Kremer. In the photo his fingers are being synchronised for the pc.  Our point paper designer Dieter Blatt was also interviewed by Gabriele Kremer. In the photo his fingers are being synchronised for the pc.  Why not listen to the programme.  The Cocktail also includes fantastic songs. Click on the link and download the June edition: https://www.kulturfabrik-krefeld.de/radio/kanal/3


Silk the fabric which dreams are made of. In the museum shop we have a wide range of silk “made in Krefeld”. Now to celebrate the Bauhaus anniversary we also have something very special. Professor Annette Pöllmann has created a scarf and a shawl each in a limited edition of 200.

What is more we have made a film which can now be seen on YouTube. Just click on the link of our Internet site https://seidenkultur.de/shop/schal and you will find out more. By the way: If you input „Haus der Seidenkultur“ you will find numerous entries about our museum.

The Foto-Film-Club Bayer Uerdingen helped us with the production of the films. On Wednesday 16th October at 19.00 hours the club will introduce itself during the  "Samt- und Seidenrunde" (Silk and Velvet Round Table) and show some of the films which they have made in our region.

Here a lady’s shawl in silk/satin with hand-rolled seams, printed, 45x180 cm, "Bauhaus". A very special gift.


Photo: HdS