Tradition meets the future. From regional dress to intelligent textiles.


23 March 2014 up to 28 September 2014 inclusive

Tradition meets the future. From regional dress to intelligent textiles.

With this exhibition  Museum “de Kantfabriek” illustrates the development of textiles and fashion on the basis of two extremes: traditional regional dress and intelligent textiles.

Traditie ontmoet Toekomst 3It all starts with an impressive collection owned by Harry Linskens. It consists of lace hats, called “toeren” in North-Limburg and other special garments that were worn by women in North-Limburg in the period 1850 – 1950.

These regional costumes gave information about the community to which one belonged and about a person’s degree of wealth. It also showed if someone was in mourning. Craftsmanship and durability were a matter of course. In intelligent textiles modern technology is incorporated in such a way that textiles become interactive and can adapt to the user’s wishes. For instance textiles that light up or that can change colour.


Traditie ontmoet Toekomst 2Progressive fashion designers make use of innovative developments in their designs. Durability and craftsmanship are often very important as is shown by fashion students of the “Hogeschool voor de Kunsten” in Utrecht.

With the traditional dress of North-Limburg as a starting point they linked tradition with innovation. They combined lace with modern technology in an interactive clothes design.



Traditie ontmoet Toekomst 1The exhibition shows special garments by Marina Toeters and Loe Feijs, in which fashion, new technology and mathematics come together. Interactive clothing by more and less well-known designers as well as innovative textiles are on show in this exhibition next to traditional regional costumes.

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