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

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The opening of a cotton printing studio within the metropolis of Amersfoort within the Netherlands has revived the centuries-old textile custom with India, in line 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 proceed this wealthy custom by beginning a centre of experience in modern block printing. In addition to reviving and innovating previous print strategies from India, the centre will even promote the centuries-old shared textile custom 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 in addition invite European and Indian grasp craftsmen to share their data and abilities, it stated. “Their guestrooms will even be used for the artist-in-residence programme. The native council and municipality of Amersfoort may be very proud to be the cradle of this mutual historic heritage and to maintain this 400-year-old shared heritage alive,” the assertion stated. Cotton printing strategies got here to the Netherlands within the 17th century from India, it stated. “Opening of this studio is an effort to revive data and centuries-old shared textile custom between India and The Netherlands,” the assertion stated.

India and The Netherlands have been related by means of commerce for hundreds of years, however not many know that Indian textiles have had a big effect on the Dutch tradition, it stated. De Katoendrukkerij took to their Instagram and shared, “What an incredible opening weekend! The official opening of the Katoendrukkerij in De Volmolen in Amersfoort (NL) on 24th of October 2020 went easy and nice. Within the context of the shared cultural heritage between India and the Netherlands, his Excellency ambassador of India, Venu Rajamony, along with deputy main of Amersfoort Willem-Jan Stegeman carried out the opening ceremony by handprinting three memorial cloths with the Ashoka chakra from the Indian flag in addition to town weapon of Amersfoort. Within the 17th century the primary blockprint workshop of Europe settled within the metropolis of Amersfoort. This previous printing approach with picket blockprints got here from India and was introduced right here by means of the Dutch East India Firm. The present Katoendrukkerij is the primary and solely specialised blockprint workshop of the Netherlands the place each the craft in addition to this shared cultural heritage is carried ahead.”


The Dutch East India Firm (VOC) introduced the well-known Chintz cloth to the Netherlands within the 17th century. The primary Chintz workshop was opened within the metropolis of Amersfoort in 1678. Other than 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 protracted historical past of pleasant bilateral relations going again to greater than 400 years, encompassing many areas of shared curiosity,” it stated.

The Netherlands is among the first three international locations that established diplomatic relations with unbiased India in 1947. The Netherlands is the third-largest international investor in India with investments amounting to USD 6.5 billion in 2019-20, the assertion stated. In his ebook ‘India and The Netherlands – Previous, Current and Future’, Ambassador Rajamony describes the Trend of the Golden Age – Chintz – a multi-coloured cotton cloth, with a glaze end and complex flower motifs launched to the Netherlands by the VOC and the way the Chintz quickly outlined the best way the Dutch elite dressed and embellished their homes.

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