Museum TRS in H.-E.

„Textile west-eastern inspirations“ with Afghan embroideries
In the mid-eighteen hundreds, in Hohenstein-Ernstthal (Saxony), textile industry evolved from the guild-structures of hand-weaving. From silk weaving in Jacquard technique (introduced around 1860), during the 20th century tapestry and upholstery weaving developed and became famous and appreciated worldwide. The economic and political changes in the wake of the 1990 events caused the breakdown of the local textile industry. The current Textil- und Rennsportmuseum in Hohenstein-Ernstthal has preserved a comprehensive collection of upholstery patterns and colourful tablecloths.

During the last couple of months, in cooperation with Guldusi (in spite of the difficult conditions in Afhanistan 2021) Afghan women have painstakingly produced more than 250 embroideries using the inspiration by patterns from upholstery material, table cloths and Molton bedsheets in Malimo technique from the years 1930 – 1990.

The result are unique, charming embroideries in a large variety of different and individual re-interpretation of our German example patterns. The canon of European/western textile designs and ornaments has been taken up by the Afghan women and transformed in their respective views and embroidery techniques.

You may choose from nine different embroidery motifs, produced by 15 Afghan embroiderers; our website here only presents a small selection. To explore the wide variety of available motifs, you may consult the site of the museum. You can place orders on both sites. From the museum site, you may also download the competition documents.