Sunday, September 10, 2017

Netherlands Part Two

The next part of our adventure takes us to the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

I took more than 500 photos and was almost speechless at the quality of the articles on display.

It was a stunning exhibit of Dutch Chintz in garments, quilts, hats/bonnets and home goods.

I think the exhibit is now closed.

The exhibit book was not printed in English, but I purchased it anyway.
With Google translate and the photos it was worth the price.

This sign tells how cherished the chintz is.

It is carefully preserved and cared for.  The Frisians were wealthy enough not to wear their clothing out. Their chintz rich traditional costumes and related items were carefully preserved.

The children's garments are in exceptional condition. Larger worn garments could be remade into smaller articles.

Chintz also had a second life wine used for linings in blankets, bed capes and cloaks.

This was my favorite dress.
India, second quarter 18th century. Painted and dyed using the chintz technique.

The cut outs show incredible embroidery.

The skirt was also magnificent, not to mention the neck scarf.

It is in the collection of the Fries Museum.

The dolls and doll clothes were very detailed.
This doll wears a wool under dress with a chintz apron and cap. Dates first half of the 18th century.  It is in the collection of the Fries Museum.

This doll was displayed with a mirror under the feet so you could view the layers of petticoats.

Next to her was an oak chest of doll clothes. Numerous outfits all made in chintz.  Even the straw plaited doll bonnets were trimmed in chintz.

Infants were wrapped in specially shaped 'blankets', secured closed with ribbons. I think these are "wikkelkleed".  Dated second half of the 18th century.

This infant sized doll, wearing a chintz bonnet, is shown wrapped in the (wikkeleeded) somewhat "T" shaped blanket.
One of the prints is French (Jouy-en-Josas, 1788
printed cotton from Oberkampf cotton printers.

Numerous examples were in the exhibit.

There were quilted petticoats, stomachers and quilts. This quilt is still in the makers family. Joes Meester is the owner.
(Blog: Dutch Quilt Cat)

It is a double sided quilt. The other side is quarter square triangle blocks.

A wonderful reproduction fabric line was produced from fabrics in this quilt, titled, "Josephine".

Thank you for joining me for part 2 of the trip.
Did you like the exhibit?

Happy Stitching,
Link to Dutch Quilts I have reproduced (HERE)
Link to our Easy Shop (HERE)


  1. What beautiful clothes - boy do we ever wear dull stuff now! I enjoyed this very much - the fabrics are gorgeous!

  2. Dawn gracias por compartir estas maravillas

  3. Absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.

  4. Thank you Dawn! I still have to visit the Fries Museum, it is only 90 kilometres,....

    1. te laat het was je laatste kans op 10 september!

  5. Just came home from our holidays, during which I had the pleasure of visiting this exhibition myself. And I have enjoyed it as much as you did! The quality of the displayed items was unbelievable, the colors so rich, and the patterns of the chintz so beautiful. And you are so right about this dress with see-through openings: my favourite item aa well!

  6. LOVE the exhibit. I am glad you could share it with us. Fascinating!

  7. What a wonderful experience to see all that chintz up close and personal! Are you coming to Manchester NH in Oct to see more chintz?

  8. Stunning - thanks for sharing this with us. What a wonderful exhibition!

  9. Breathtaking! The dolls are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful images.

  10. So glad to read how you enjoyed your stay. Such a beautiful exhibition you got to visit!

  11. OH my just exquisite :) Keep on sharing / we love it :)

  12. How gorgeous - the detail and richness of the chintz fabrics go straight to any fabric lover's heart and the garment construction is makes that heart do flip flops:-) thank you for this post of your visit.

  13. Wow, over 500 pictures? I did not even take that many on my holiday last week and then the husband was saying I took soooo many pictures ;-) . Glad you enjoyed the exhibition. I am sorry to say I missed it. So many things going on in my life during that period, there was just not a chance.


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