Centuries-old Netherlands-India textile tradition revived with cotton printing studio De Katoendrukkerij’s opening – fashion and trends

The opening of a cotton printing studio within the metropolis of Amersfoort within the Netherlands has revived the centuries-previous textile tradition with India, in accordance with an official assertion on Tuesday. India’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony opened De Katoendrukkerij cotton printing studio with Amersfoort’s Deputy Mayor Willem-Jan Stegeman in De Volmolen on Saturday, it stated. “De Katoendrukkerij will now continue this rich tradition by starting a centre of expertise in contemporary block printing. Besides reviving and innovating old print techniques from India, the centre will also promote the centuries-old shared textile tradition between India and the Netherlands,” the assertion issued by Indian Embassy right here stated.

The centre plans to organise workshops, lectures and small exhibitions, and additionally invite European and Indian grasp craftsmen to share their data and expertise, it stated. “Their guestrooms will also be used for the artist-in-residence programme. The local council and municipality of Amersfoort is very proud to be the cradle of this mutual historical heritage and to keep this 400-year-old shared heritage alive,” the assertion stated. Cotton printing strategies got here to the Netherlands within the seventeenth century from India, it stated. “Opening of this studio is an effort to revive knowledge and centuries-old shared textile tradition between India and The Netherlands,” the assertion stated.

India and The Netherlands have been linked via commerce for hundreds of years, however not many know that Indian textiles have had a huge impact on the Dutch tradition, it stated. De Katoendrukkerij took to their Instagram and shared, “What a great opening weekend! The official opening of the Katoendrukkerij in De Volmolen in Amersfoort (NL) on 24th of October 2020 went smooth and pleasant. In the context of the shared cultural heritage between India and the Netherlands, his Excellency ambassador of India, Venu Rajamony, together with deputy major of Amersfoort Willem-Jan Stegeman performed the opening ceremony by handprinting three memorial cloths with the Ashoka chakra from the Indian flag as well as the city weapon of Amersfoort. In the 17th century the first blockprint workshop of Europe settled in the city of Amersfoort. This old printing technique with wooden blockprints came from India and was brought here through the Dutch East India Company. The current Katoendrukkerij is the first and only specialized blockprint workshop of the Netherlands where both the craft as well as this shared cultural heritage is carried forward.”


The Dutch East India Company (VOC) introduced the well-known Chintz material to the Netherlands within the seventeenth century. The first Chintz workshop was opened within the metropolis of Amersfoort in 1678. Apart from cotton and a brand new design, the strategies of working with pure dyes was additionally launched from India, the assertion stated. “India and the Netherlands have a long history of friendly bilateral relations going back to more than 400 years, encompassing many areas of shared interest,” it stated.

The Netherlands is likely one of the first three international locations that established diplomatic relations with impartial India in 1947. The Netherlands is the third-largest overseas investor in India with investments amounting to USD 6.5 billion in 2019-20, the assertion stated. In his ebook ‘India and The Netherlands – Past, Present and Future’, Ambassador Rajamony describes the Fashion of the Golden Age – Chintz – a multi-colored cotton material, with a glaze end and intricate flower motifs launched to the Netherlands by the VOC and how the Chintz quickly outlined the way in which the Dutch elite dressed and embellished their homes.

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