Excursion: Dutch experience in the Folkloric Costume Museum
The global village has overstretched itself when it comes to fashion. All over the world the clothing range has become identical. New designs are in vogue for just one season. As a reaction to this fast fashion, consumers take a renewed interest in sustainable fashion with a story, in which craft and handwork are leading. This stirs up a new curiosity in traditional folk costumes. Local and traditional garb, with its characteristic sense of form and proportion, is a source of inspiration for fashion designers of today. The Dutch Costume Museum shows the craftsmanship, artistry and passion that created the Dutch traditional costume.
The collection encompasses a cross-section of local traditional dress and folk art per region. Each region has its own garb, with variations in different villages or stages of life, such as marriage and mourning after a death. The museum houses seven rooms, each room decorated with motives and in colours characteristic for a specific region. In every individual room, the people wearing the folk costume tell stories, giving an explanation on the function of their clothes. Amongst others, the different costumes come from Volendam, Marken, Hindeloopen, Staphorst, Spakenburg, Urk, Huizen and Zeeland.
The museum is housed in a 17th-century canal house at Herengracht, around the corner of Leidsestraat in the center of Amsterdam. In 1665, rope maker Jan Jacobszn van Gelder purchased the plot of land on which he built house numbers 427 and 429. The carpenter Cornelis de Roos had a facade with neck gables constructed in 1700, a feature that is still visible today. The interior contains an original Blue Delft toilet, which is still in use.