Curtains for Queen Máxima come from Tilburg

In TextielLab – TextielMuseum’s professional workshop – something very special is happening this summer: Here the new curtains for Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander are made. These huge pieces of fabric will be hung in the Chinese hall of the Huis ten Bosch Palace. Hebe Verstappen, head of TextielLab, tells us all about this ‘dream task’.

TextielMuseum’s TextielLab seems to be more famous worldwide than in our own Tilburg. “Designers, artists and customers know that if you produce fabric from the first stitch yourself, you have to come to us. We are one of the few places in the world where this is possible. In the field, it makes sense that you end up in our professional workshop. We have previously made fabric for the curtains in our own LocHal. You can also see textiles made by us on the Paris catwalk or the library in Qatar. ”

We citizens can be proud of that

According to Hebe, it is therefore most normal in the world for customers from Statens Ejendomsmægler and Kongehuset’s department to come to TextielLab in Tilburg. “As citizens, we can be a little proud of that. As a TextielMuseum, we are of course very honored and very happy that we have received this assignment. We take care of the mechanical process, provide advice and control everything. It’s a dream project. That we can facilitate this is insane. ”

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Her Majesty Queen Máxima, together with Hebe Verstappen (left) and others, look at how the design has been translated for the embroidery machine in the TextielMuseum. Photo by Benjamin Arthur

Craftsmen from Tilburg and the rest of the country

“But what I love about this project is that Her Majesty the Queen would like to do this project together with 150 craftsmen. That the love of craftsmanship must also be central. The volunteers are very different in age, cultural background and gender. There are craftsmen from Round Table House in Tilburg, but also from Maastricht, Arnhem, Utrecht, Rotterdam and more. The volunteers meet every week. They have all been given a frame which they embroider. We will receive them all at the end of this month. Part of the curtain is made with machines by us, but a large part is real manual work. Queen Máxima herself also embroiders! ”

Best compliment from Her Majesty

Queen Máxima was on a working visit to Tilburg on Thursday 30 June to see part of the curtains with her own eyes for the first time. She also met the people who worked on the project. Prior to that, she had only seen designs by Liesbeth Stinissen from The Hague on digital drawings. “The best compliment was that she said, ‘In fact, it’s even more beautiful than I had imagined.’ We’ve been working on the project for about six months now, which gives a huge boost. Her Majesty had many questions about the trial. She is very involved. ”

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Her Majesty Queen Máxima helps embroider the new curtains for the Huis ten Bosch Palace in the TextielMuseum. Photo: Benjamin Arthur

So big are the curtains

“We are now in the middle of production. It will definitely take until September to embroider everything. The curtains are 4.5 meters high. We embroider six jobs. Count it out, it’s a big job. For summer, the flowers are embroidered. A small presentation has been built in the museum, which gives an insight into the manufacturing process. Due to the high concentration it requires of the laboratory staff, the embroidery room is unfortunately not available to visitors during the manufacture of the curtains. †

You can see the end result in Tilburg

You can see the end result with your own eyes. Only in Tilburg. You can visit the exhibition from 1 December Royal embroidery – stories and crafts’† “These curtains are a modern re-recording of the ancients. You will both admire them at the museum. The best part is that we can tell you all about the curtains from A to Z. You will also see movies, all the designs, drawings and stories about the creators. Then we can deliver the curtains, and then they really hang in the Chinese hall of the Paleis Huis ten Bosch, for which they are designed. ”

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