Archive for May, 2009

Textile

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

textielmozaiek

There is a museum in Tilburg, south from here, about anything textile related and it’s appropriately dubbed the Textielmuseum. What other reason could I have to mention this museum than the fact that I’ve been there? Probably lots, but the fact of the matter is that I have been there, and it was awesome.

scratchy laceweightIt had to have been somewhere in the 18th and 19th century that we, the Dutch, were pretty big in the textile industry, and the Textielmuseum is one of many old factories dating back to that period. Of course there was a huge steam engine, and all the old machinery used to card, spin, twine, weave and felt wool into woollen blankets was also displayed in all its splendour. If even a factory was such a beautifully designed place back in those days, I can’t help but think life itself must have been much, much prettier back then.

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more oil

Of course working in the textile factory would certainly get you deaf, if not handicapped, and I’m sure a lot of people would have chosen the working environment we have now over their prettily designed but merciless machinery any day of the week… But still, it all just looks so damn pretty!

wood and wool

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Dat is voor oma’s / That’s something for grannies

Ik heb geen idee hoe dat moet hoor / Honestly, I have no idea how to do that

Is dat je hobby? / Is that really your hobby?

En maak je dan ook geitenwollen sokken? / So are you a hippie too?

Dat doet niemand meer tegenwoordig / Nobody does that anymore these days

Ik weet nog wel dat mijn moeder dat altijd deed / I remember my mom doing that all the time

Zijn er ook mannen die dat doen dan? / There are men that do it too?

-staar- / –stare