The theme 'textile' is interpreted in the historic buildings on the Van Tessenderlo property. For many years, we have used one in particular, the Hooghuis to exhibit wool processing, with the adjacent Sheepfold functioning as a living illustration. Bokrijk is now taking a step further in terms of content with its BKRK Textile programme.
Bokrijk chose Tim Van Steenbergen as a craft curator to elaborate the BKRK access to the craft of textiles. His personality and unique métier contribute to the exhibition having extended museum access, and to our colleagues clothing. He unites the historical and contemporary stories of textiles. #DOYOUREMEMBER? offers a glimpse into the inspiration from the past that Tim used for the Bokrijk Collection, and a trigger to encourage visitors to take a moment for insight and inspiration for the future.
The Bokrijk Collection is the basis for this museum development. The historic textile story, the loom, the shawl, the inspiration process of BKRK Textile and the fashion designers' workshop are all centred in the Hooghuis. The 19th century loom originates from a psychiatric institution in Sint-Truiden, where it was part of the weaving mill at the beginning of the last century. Visitors can stroll through the sheepfold, walking past showcases displaying a combination of historical clothing and contemporary images. Here, you will discover a selection of pieces from Bokrijk's historical clothing collection, supplemented with two pieces on loan from the Hasselt Fashion Museum (Modemuseum Hasselt). In the peat hut, we will take a more in-depth look into the story of consumerization and our throw-away society.
On the yard cliché story of the "bollenzakdoek" (a red and white neckerchief) is disproved. The old Bokrijk image offers an interactive way to see clearly that rather than merely the "bollenzakdoek", all kinds of other accessories are representative of our history. If one sees a red neckerchief today, it is still possible that it will automatically evoke an image of Bokrijk. From 2018 onwards, the museum will still tell the story of this iconic red neckerchief but it will no longer be part of our team's clothing collection. A Geheugen Collectief survey shows that farmers in the past did not actually wear a red neckerchief so often. They wore all kinds of textile articles around their necks, including scarves, ties and neckerchiefs in a range of colours and shapes. However, the "bollenzakdoek" gained popularity in 1930 when a variety of guilds and folklore groups began to wear it as a symbol of recognition. And that is how the renowned neckerchief became an icon.
Faro's heritage app offers you an introduction to the exhibition.