SATURDAY 29th of September.

13.00hr.; Lecture by Dr. Gillian Vogelsang - Eastwood, director of the TRC, on lotus shoes from China.

The lecture by Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood looks at the history of lotus shoes and foot binding in China, and the various regional and domestic types. Lotus shoes sound intriguing, but they have a very mixed past and meaning. They are the beautifully made shoes that were used to cover the tightly bound feet of Han Chinese girls and women for nearly 1000 years.

15.00hr.; Lecture by Patrick Berben from Belgium on the Kayapo- and Mehinaku-Indians from the Amazon.

Patrick Berben will introduce us to several Indian tribes, he encountered during his field-trips and who are living in the Iriri and Xingu basin of the Amazon.

Highlights in this lecture:

• How does a Kayapo village look like and which relevance does this have for its social life (the house reserved for men versus that reserved for women).

• In which way do “privileges” in the form of feathers and certain objects or animals play a part in the relations in the village.

• How Raoni presents himself as a leader of the Amazon-Indians and focuses the attention on the problems connected to the Belomonte-dam. Attention will also be given to the role played by feather crowns an ritual feasts, like the feast of the “beautiful names” or the “red mouths” feast.

• The Txicao- or Ikpeng; a tribe which almost vanished in the 1960's, now back with a number of around 700 souls; how did they end up in the Parque Indigena do Xingu. What part did the Villas Boas brothers play herein and....what part King Leopold III of Belgium?

• The Kalapalo, on whom I have read the book “The lost city Z” by David Grann and which presented the question on how Colonel Fawcett, one of the last real explorers, met with his end in the Xingu and which role was played by the Kalapalo-Indians in his demise

• The Mehinaku-Indians, living in a life dominated by intense rituals and in constant contact with the spiritual world, of which life on earth is a reflection.

• Remarkable is that these tribes strive to adhere to certain moral and fysical ideals, in which myths play an inspirational part. In this respect the always lingering “opposition” and ritualised strife between men and women is interesting. This following a special myth that at in early times the women were in control and were tricked by men to surrender this power.

This lecture will be enliven with picture-books, statues and objects from the region. A lecture delivered with a lot of passion but also with sadness knowing that the famous Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, with its collection of tens of thousands of artefacts and also the original archives of the first explorers, has been lost to flames....


13.00 hr. Presentation by Wil Werkhoven and Hans van der Storm on the subject of jewelry, used as protective amulets for women and children.

This presentation will be held on the gallery on the first floor and is the introduction for a nice exposition on the same topic on display there.

The exposition shows dozens of items from about 20 different African nationalities. Each of these nationalities has its own rituals and charms to ward off the evil eye and to promote the health of mother and child.

15.00 hr Presentation by Sigrid van Roode ; “Silver and encens; jewelry, costumes and fragrances in the Arab world.”

In the Arab world different fragrances play an important role in one’s daily life. Some jewelry is designed specifically to emit a nice smell and also costumes are extensively perfumed. In this presentation we will take you through the world of aromatic fragrances like encens, sandalwood and rosewater and will we introduce you to the invisible richness of perfumes in jewelry and textiles.



At 'The Tribal Jewelry & Textiles Fair' authentic and quality jewelry of a respectable age will be presented and offered for sale. The ethnic jewelry presented comes from Africa, Asia, the Near-, Middle- and Far East. Also to be seen is an extended and divers collection of traditional textiles from Afghanistan, China and India.

For the interested visitor an impressive collection of (old) books on beads, jewelry and textiles will be offered for sor sale.


Each year we also introduce a few new dealers with ethnic jewelry and textiles.


This special jewelry and textiles fair will be held in the beautiful restored church De Duif, Prinsengracht 756, Amsterdam. An inspiration to stylists, interior-decorators and collectors.


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On the 23rd and the 24th of September several lectures will be given during the Fair. These lectures will be presented around 12.00 and 14.00 p.m. on each day and will last for about 20-30 minutes each. In 2016 we presented lectures for the first time during the Fair. The first one was given bij the Director of the Textiles Research Center, Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood and her subject was about modern-day embroideries on large tents in Cairo, Egypt. The second lecture was given by Marianne Tuerlings about the Silk Road and the different textiles that passed through this road.

The 2017 edition of the Tribal Jewelry and Textiles Fair will again see several lectures. The first one will be given by Roos Koch and Hans van de Storm about ancient beads.

Their lecture is called “The Travels of an European Necklace”.

Jolanda Bos will present a lecture on tribal textiles, costumes and jewelry. Sigrid van Roode will present her lecture “A world in Silver”.

About this presentation Sigrid writes:” Traditional jewellery from the Middle-East and North-Africa is not just beautiful to look at but also includes an array of special functions and intentions. A lot of jewellery has a practical day-to-day function as, for instance, a pin used on clothes, hair or headscarf of even on a girldle. Next to this these items also represent a kind of savings-account. The value of the silver used, counts as the property of the owner and is the result of sometimes fierce negotiations over the right bridal dowry. The specific decorations on this jewellery also shows the the region of origin of the bearer; sometimes even to be tied to a particular village. The way a woman will wear her hair, the shape or colour of her dress and which specific jewellery is worn, shows if a lady is married or is eligible for marriage. It also tells if she has children and if the is whealthy or has little means. Most touching, though, of these objects is the double significance a chain, ring or bracelet can have as an amulet or talisman. In different ways the material, colour and form of the jewelry protects its bearer against the evil eye, the jealousy of people or spirits and keeps illness and ill fortune at bay. In her lecture Sigrid van Roode will introduce you to the fascinating variety of significances silver jewelry can have to people.

Left: the choice of colours used on jewelry is not a random one.
Middle: Silver amulet-holders from the Yemen, Oman, Iran and Egypt.
Right: Egyptian Zar-amulets belonging to a quite specific ritual.

Left: the choice of colours used on jewelry is not a random one . Middle: Silver amulet-holders from the Yemen, Oman, Iran and Egypt. Right: Egyptian Zar-amulets belonging to a quite specific ritual.

Photos: Collection Sigrid van Roode and photo by Jolanda Bos.

Lecture of Jolanda Bos on the subject of “Face veils from Egypt”.

In her presentation Jolanda Bos will show you images of unique veils from the Wearable Heritage collection. Costumes and veils stand in an age-old tradition in Egypt. Each veil is a unique piece considering its method of production, decoration, finish and treatment of used materials. This lecture, though, presents not just the diversity of face veils from Egypt and her neighbors. All veils shown have been used over a long period of time and they also tell us a very personal story of how they were wrapped and worn. In this way Jolanda writes a “biography of the veil”, using stains and dirt on the veils, which give it a certain “patina”. Also the way how these veils have entered the antiques-trade and which role they played in the current collection will be touched upon. With this “biography of an object” a new way of research into these textiles will be revealed. In short, this lecture gives a truly detailed image of the very character of these veils, offering detailed information on its wearers or of the people who came to own them. Jolanda Bos has for many years made a research of the face veils of West-Asian and North-African origin. Her research results are published on the site and on her Facebook-page of the same name, as in lectures and publications. Jolanda is an practicing archeologist and also researches costumes, jewelry, beadwork and hairstyles.


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Collection and photo by Jolanda Bos.

The fourth lecture during our fair is presented by Antoine Vanhemelrijk and Caroline vanSanten on the subject of “Tapa’s” ; textiles made of treebark and mainly used in Polynesia.

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Tapa Makalata Tamala, West Samoa
Tapa Matemosi, Fiji eilanden

Left; Beating of a slab of treebark, Managaia, Cook Islands. Middle; Tapa of Makulata Tamala, West-Samoa. Right; Tapa of the sisters Koto and Vitacimi Matemosi, Fiji Islands.



This part of the site will provide information on the back groud of beads, jewelry and fabrics that are shown and are for sale on the fair in "De Duif".



They are eye-catching, pleasant to touch and often appear to be miniature pieces of art on which experienced craftsmen have worked patiently for hours and sometimes days.

But even more fascinating is their story about the long journey they have made through time and across the globe: in these little mysterious objects the secrets of humanity can be found, its technology, spiritual, religious and cultural context and last but not least the trade routes that developed over the world over the course of thousands of years.
The bead was the first manifestation of human creativity about 40,000 (!) years ago, the second – namely the engraving of mammoth tusks - only developed 5,000 years later.

In the beginning, easily available natural products such as seeds, pips, flowers and feathers were used, which later became bones, teeth and claws. The discovery that the rotary motion could be used to manipulate objects meant an important step forward - man managed to make perforations into hard objects. But still: the manufacturing of just one neolitical quartz bead took on average three days! Approximately 5,000 years ago, by a rare coincidence, a blacksmith discovered that the silica-containing sand in its furnace, contaminated with plant ash and clay, clustered into a solid substance which was the first step in developing glass. A small step for this blacksmith, a huge step in the development of the bead industry!



gefossieleerde zee-egels uit de Sahara, waarschijnlijk meer dan 100.000 jaar oud
Jatim kralen uit Indonesië, circa 600 na Chr.
Ceramische kralen uit Mali, waarschijnlijk zo’n 150 jaar oud


From left to right: ancient fossils of sea urchin, used as beads; Yatim beads from Indonesia; Ceramic beads from Mali

As humans evolved, the story of the bead became more complex and the route from producer to consumer became longer.

There is a continuous line from the Prehistoric days where the hunter held a claw of a cave bear around his neck in the hope to assimilate the forces of the animal to the more recent times with labourers digging the raw material, transporting it, to the artisans working it and to the craftsman who made the final product. Where merchands came in to trade the beads before it in the end reached its final owner.


Eye beads uit het Midden-Oosten, tussen 600 en 1.200 na Chr.
Faillance kralen uit Afghanistan of Perzië, circa 1.000 jaar oud
Kralen uit Murano / Venetië, rond 1.880


From left to right: Eye beads from the Middle East; Faience beads from Afghanistan; beads from Murano

Although beads are known mainly in their role as parts of jewelry and necklaces, this was of secondary importance in its long history, since very different values were assigned.
Beads played a major role as a spiritual object: for various ethnic groups protection, strength, fertility and prosperity were dependent on the possession of certain beads. Also, beads showed someone's social position, marital status and possessions, while other peoples used strings of beads as messenger, by stringing beads in a particular order. But probably the most important feature of the bead was that of means of payment, a function beads fulfilled from the early beginning to around 1930. Because of their long history, these small perforated objects have gained a special intrinsic value.


Chevrons uit Murano, circa 1860
Murano kralen, circa 1.880
hedendaagse ‘recycle glas’ kralen uit Ghana


From left to right: Chevrons from Murano, circa 1860; Murano beads, about 1880; contemporary 'recycled glass' beads from Ghana

Pleasant to see and touch, durable, available in an endless variety and affordable: they are top collectibles - and you can wear them as well.