The Leidener

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Leiden’s Original Market

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.

Annelies Verhijde and husband in front of silk artwork stall.

Annelies Verhijde and husband in front of silk artwork stall.

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.

It was the colours of these beautiful silk candle holders that drew my eyes to Annelies' stall.

It was the colours of these beautiful silk candle holders that drew my eyes to Annelies’ stall.

These old petroleum cans turned into lamps would be a eclectic addition to any tree-huggers' living room.

These old petroleum cans turned into lamps would be a eclectic addition to any tree-huggers’ living room.

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.

The Original Market is about artisans selling their creations, as apposed to most markets selling items that can be found in stores.

The Original Market is about artisans selling their creations, as apposed to most markets selling items that can be found in stores.

About Jalbert

I share my travels and experiences. Follow me as I do my Ph.D. in astronomy at Leiden University.

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This entry was posted on April 6, 2015 by in Living in Holland, Student Life.
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