In a broad partnership with an impressive group of scholars and textile and fashion designers, including Remi Veldhoven and Sjaak Hullekes, the Zeeuws Museum has investigated the origins and future of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century brocaded damasks from its own and other collections. The fabric was woven with love in Norwich (GB) and worn with pride by men from Zeeland and further afield. The research into sample books, original textiles and the colour analysis of yarns is a work in progress, leading to a new contemporary textile design and an exhibition.

from doublet to new jacket

Four years ago, out of sheer curiosity, the Zeeuws Museum began researching the origins of several damask hemdroks (doublets) in its collection. What is the connection with the English city of Norwich and how has the fabric been so well preserved and retained its bright colours? There was so much to discover about the various types of flowers depicted, the dyes and the protective layer that gives this fabric its characteristic sheen. Textile researcher and designer Remi Veldhoven has been on board from the start and has used all the new knowledge to design a contemporary damask. Fashion designer Sjaak Hullekes, originally from Zierikzee in Zeeland, has used the damask to make a new jacket. To complete the story, digital fashion designer Amber Jae Slooten of the Fabricant has created the campaign image: an NFT* inspired by the old doublet.

For re_USED re_SATIN the Zeeuws Museum has worked intensively with Remi Veldhoven, Hul le Kes, EE Exclusives-Van Engelen & Evers, Wolkat, Michael Nix Art Proaño Gaibor / Rijkserfgoedlaboratorium, Loret Karman / De Amsterdamse Steek, Betty Stikkers and the Zeeuws Archief.

*An NFT is a non-fungible token or unique token. It is a way of linking ownership to digital objects.