Frieda Sorber learned knitting from her grandfather when she was five, sewing and embroidery from her mother at the same age, and became self-taught in many other textile techniques by visiting museums, reading books and visiting textile makers in many countries. She got to know Patchwork at the Open Air Museum in Arnhem in the 1960s. She obtained her doctorate in art history (RUGent) in 1976 with a dissertation on cotton printing in Ghent and worked from 1976 to 2019 for the Textiel- en Kostuummuseum Vrieselhof, later Fashion Museum in Antwerp as curator.
At the moment she is working on two exhibitions, one on lace in Antwerp 1550-1750 (opening September 2021) and one on the wall coverings in the castle of Hingene (province of Antwerp, May-September 2021). She has published on historical textiles and fashion, with an emphasis on archival and object research, and on textiles from the Middle Ages. One of her favorite travel destinations, Morocco, also gave rise to publications.
Photo by Thessy Schoenholzer.