In our historical Weavery, fabrics are manufactured as they were one hundred years ago. Old, punch card-controlled mechanical looms produce intricately patterned Brocades or Damasks. These, in turn, are processed in theatre workshops, for carnival costumes, liturgical garments, and many other uses. We are proud of our high quality products and skilled staff, and grateful for every single valued customer.
Many european and some international opera houses and theatres confide in our fabrics and our customer service. Some of our customers have ordered the same products frequently for over 60 years!
(We are still working on the publication of our credentials.)
The Egelkraut Weavery took over parts of the Schneider&Wohlenberg Collection, assuring its accessibilty in the future. For our theatre-supplying customers, the marketing channel is changing - but quality and reliability remain the same, guaranteed by the manufacturer himself.
If you have any questions about our new product range, please contact our customer service:
Telephonically +49 (6691) 3417, or write to us at info(at)goldbrokat.eu
In 2011, Udo van der Kolk started a new chapter in the success story of the Egelkraut Weavery, expanding its range of products continually:
He took over the facility in direct cooperation with the Egelkraut family, continuing their traditional methods of producing delicate Brocades, Damasks and Lamè-fabrics. The strictly historical machine park was expanded to include five modern, mechanical (but still punch card-operated) looms. As a long-standing employee of Helmut Egelkraut, Udo van der Kolk was able to weigh in years of his own experience at the looms.
Since the foundation in 1922, the Egelkraut Weavery has amassed a vast treasure of more than 500 historical patterns, but we still offer to replicate even more patterns if required by our customers.
Every single order is manufactured in the small town of Trutzhain by the owner of the Egelkraut Weavery himself.
Adoption of the theatre fabrics and woolen cloth collection of our closing down theatre-wholesaler, Schneider&Wohlenberg. Since then, direct worldwide marketing of our products to our clients.
Purchase of four additional Dornier-looms with Jacquard set-up..
Expansion of the machine park, purchase of the first Dornier-loom.
Impending closure of the Weavery for reasons of age, continuance under Udo van der Kolk as "Udo van der Kolk e.K., Historical Weavery Egelkraut".
Udo van der Kolk, trained carpenter and furniture/wood conservator, joins the company as a hired weaver.
After the death of Rudolf Egelkraut, his nephew and long-standing master craftsman Helmut Egelkraut continues the business as "Rudolf Egelkraut, Mechanical Weavery".
Expansion of the factory building.
A workshop is built, purchase of additional Jacquard-looms.
Acquisition of two Jacquard-looms, broadening the product range. Since then, the weavery manufactures Brocades and delicate tapestries.
Foundation of the Weavery as "Rudolf Egelkraut KG". On five handlooms and two mechanical looms, the production of draperies, traditional fabrics ("Schwälmer Kutten", literally "robes of the Schwalm area"), Lamè fabrics and paraments begins.
Separated brothers Rudolf and Robert independently establish weaveries of their own. Thanks to the Red Cross tracing service, the family reassembles. They share the effort of buying a Barrack of the former prison camp Trutzhain, founding a collective business.
Violent eviction of the Egelkraut family. Very few patterns and client contacts remain, the workshop stock and inventory has to be left behind.
Despite the economical hardships of the time, Oswald Egelkraut institutes a weavery in the Egerland town of Rossbach (today: western part of the Czech Republic). He and his three sons (Rudolf, Robert and Hugo) gain a reputation for their exquisite Brocades and Damasks, retailing them world-wide.