Sunday, 21 August 2011

memory of the Netherlands

Memory of the Netherlands” is such a fascinating
and well-done website project to preserve and
make known Netherlands' past with masterly
reproduced and stored digital sources of all kind,
whose client-sided technology allows viewers to
precisely browse through over half a million objects
from 100 different collections: a cache of cultural
gems offering an exquisite picture of the country's
history and culture: a true must-see.

Gracieuse. Geïllustreerde Aglaja, 1873
Gracieuse. Geïllustreerde Aglaja, 1883
”Geheugen van Nederland” is coordinated by
The Hague-based Koninklijke Bibliotheek
(National Library of the Netherlands) which
was founded in 1798, aiming at providing
access to the knowledge and culture of past
and present times by supplying an extensive
array of services and documental sources.

Gracieuse. Geïllustreerde Aglaja, 1909
Gracieuse. Geïllustreerde Aglaja, 1933
Let's take a stroll down Holland's memory lane
with snippets from the project's fashion section,
first through the 74 years editions of 'De Gracieuse'
fashion magazine which, needless to say, was
strongly inspired by Paris' latest fashions.
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag's costume dept.
holds a large collection of the magazine, published
from 1862 to 1936, which came to present a wide
range of suggestions, from simple robes to fancy
evening gowns and also needlework, knitting 
and embroidery examples.

Deken blanket, 1796
Vlisco has been a market leader in printed fabrics
for clothing since the second half of nineteenth
century gathering throughout the time a sumptuous
collection of over 33,000 items that 50 years ago
was entrusted to the company's museum, the
Pieter Fentener van Vlissingen Foundation.
Breathtaking textile swatches, original batiks
and ikats from the so called Dutch East Indies
(present day Indonesia), Japanese katagamis
and also woven cloths and blankets: 
a feast for all eyes.

Herdenkingsdoek, commemorative cloth, 1898
Katoen batik
English cretonne, 1875
The Felix Tal's collection comprises 145 unique
fans dating back to the 17th and 18th century,
when fans were popular with men and women
alike and not only as fashion accessories but
simply as objects of everyday life.
Amsterdam's Koninklijk Oudheidkundig
Genootschap received the jaw-dropping collection
of decorated fans from the municipality of Velsen,
in the province of North Holland, to look 
after these priceless works of art.

Parasolwaaier, ca. 1890
Parasolwaaier, part.
A fantastic journey through understanding
and recollection: erg bedankt Nederland!

Asymmetric 'bloemenpatroon', 1910, part.
all images © Het Geheugen van Nederland/Koninklijke 
Bibliotheek Nationale bibliotheek van Nederland, 2003

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