Read or most frequently asked questions below.

Does the TextielMuseum do restoration work?

The TextielMuseum does not have a restoration workshop. To find a textile conservator, please go the website of the Dutch Association of Conservators.

Knititng or weaving. What exactly is the difference?

  • Knitting is a technique for making fabric by creating loops in a single continuous yarn or thread.
  • Weaving is the interlacing of two sets of yarn or thread at right angles to form a fabric.

Because of its structure, knitted fabric is more elastic and pliant that woven fabric (compare a knitted T-shirt with a woven pair of jeans).

Other differences…

… Weaving has a set base structure – the width of the fabric in the machine is always 170 cm.
… Knitting does not have a set base structure – you can knit straight lengths, but you can also knit loose panels; the shape is variable.

Can I buy the yarns that the TextielLab uses?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to buy yarn from our collection separately.

Can I get in touch with your yarn suppliers through you?

No, you cannot. The TextielLab does not share yarn suppliers’ contact details. We keep an extensive yarn collection in stock to keep delivery times as short as possible. We keep a permanent selection in stock and we have a comprehensive overview of the current assortments of our suppliers so that we can obtain other types of yarn relatively quickly.

Can I have my textile product finished in your assembly studio?

The assembly studio can finish most fairly simple products such as wall hangings and household linen completely in accordance with your wishes. The assembly studio cannot finish complex tailored items such as fashionwear.

Where can I have my damask table linen washed?

You can do this in our Damask Laundry. The Damask Laundry is part of the TextielLab. We exhibit the museum’s collection of table linen here. It is also the place where you can see old damask weaving looms from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Damask Laundry washes uncoloured table linen, including embroidered and open-work table cloths.

What is the best way to store precious textiles?

The Belgian Monument Watch has compiled a brochure about maintaining and preserving church textile objects, which is also useful for other types of fabric. The brochure contains tips for cleaning, packing and storing textile items, and outlines how to treat damage caused by, for example, insects and exposure to sunlight.

Would you like to know more?

  • The museum’s Textile Committee regularly organises symposia in which topics like textile conservation, maintenance and preservation are often on the agenda.
  • the texts of the lectures given during these symposia can be found in the work of reference ‘Studies in Textile’ in our in-house library.

Who can I ask other questions about textiles?

The largest library specialised in textiles in the Netherlands is located in the heart of the TextielMuseum. The museum library is a place for everyone interested in textiles as a professional or hobbyist. Do you have a specific question? Don’t hold back! Ask what you want by mailing to [email protected]