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Karim Adduchi x Tess van Zalinge

17 Feb - 3 Sep
Amstel 51

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Continue This Thread. Karim Adduchi x Tess van Zalinge

Embroidery, knitting, and crochet: techniques of the past? These crafts are finding their way back onto the catwalk, into the streets and on social media. It connects, gives strength and helps express emotions. In Continue This Thread, Amsterdam-based fashion designers Karim Adduchi (1988) and Tess van Zalinge (1989) explore the power of craftsmanship as guest curators. Starting from their own vision, they make connections between the collection of the Amsterdam Museum, work by Amsterdam makers and complement it with their own creations.

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Karim Adduchi x Tess van Zalinge

Karim Adduchi (1988) garnered success in recent years through the way he translates traditional techniques from his native Morocco into haute couture. He works with different communities worldwide, from those fleeing their homeland to experts on classical Moroccan embroidery techniques. Encounters and connections such as these guide his collections and projects.

Tess van Zalinge
(1989) works at the intersection of couture and ready-to-wear, giving ample attention to craftsmanship, sculptural forms, and sustainability. Having a fascination with Dutch heritage, she taps into knowledge about classical regional dresses and techniques for much of her inspiration. Through an almost exclusive use of leftover designer fabrics – unsold merchandise known as deadstock – her collections demonstrate how fashion can be more sustainable.

Roberto Luis Martins (1994) has been curator of Fashion and Popular Culture at the Amsterdam Museum since 2021. His focus is on co-creation with diverse communities and on approaching fashion and style from a contemporary societal lens. Previously, Roberto worked as a curator at museums such as Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, Museum Arnhem, Museum Volkenkunde, and online fashion heritage platform Modemuze.

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Much more than just textiles and technique

Bearer of personal messages and collective identity, therapeutic tool, guide to a more sustainable fashion industry, and a haven of comfort. According to Karim Adduchi and Tess van Zalinge, handicraft can be all these things. As guest curators at the Amsterdam Museum, these two fashion designers illustrate all of this in the exhibition Continue This Thread.

It wasn't the party dresses or other top pieces that they fell for at the outset. When they first went to the Amsterdam Museum Collection Centre, Karim Adduchi and Tess van Zalinge began by pulling an accordion file down off the shelf. This 19th century object might not look....

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To do: a serie of Threads

In co-production with fashion heritage platform Modemuze we invite you to join us in a series of events around the exhibition. Get ready for speed tours, workshops and talks and explore three themes: healing, expression and connection.

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Amsterdam Museum at the Amstel

Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Opening hours
Open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

How to get there
The museum is easily accessible by public transport: Tram 4 (stop Rembrandtplein) and 14 (stop Waterlooplein) Metro 51, 53 and 54 (stop Waterlooplein, exit Nieuwe Herengracht).

Nearest parking garages are: Nationale Opera & Ballet, Waterlooplein, The Bank and Markenhoven. For more information, please visit