A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Easter Sunday was gorgeous, and sunny. I was out on my bike in the beautiful sunshine when I saw a market taking place. Since I was on my way to Plexfit, the only University gym open on Easter Sunday, I decided I’d go see the market after my workout. When I got there, I noticed a distinctly different vibe from the usual Leiden Market, which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This market was called Original Market which struck me as an odd name. I quickly found that every booth was selling unique items, all looking to be hand made.
One stall that caught my eye was run by a lovely lady named Annelies Verhijde, who was selling silk artwork. I don’t believe I had ever seen such a thing before; these silk sculptures.
Annelies has been working with silk for about 30 years, and doesn’t know exactly where the inspiration for her creations comes, from but suspects it may partly come from her two teenage boys. Undoubtedly, we boys do inspire creativity.
If you are interested in Annelies’ work, her website is here.
I wandered the stalls for a bit watching the artisan’s pack up at 5 o’clock. I got a warm rustic vibe from people. There was light chatter on the breeze, not too loud, since the market was closing and people were likely tired.
Left smiling for some reason.