Design your own Shroud

with Susanne Duijvestein

14 Nov 2021

Have you ever thought about what you want to be wearing when you die? In this workshop we will breathe new life into an old Dutch tradition. You will be guided in the process of making your own shroud by funeral director Susanne Duijvestein. We invite you to actively think about your passing and to start designing your own burial wear. 

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One of the participants of the Design your own Shroud wrapped in a cloth - Designing Death is a workshop, were  participants can actively think about their passing and can design their own burial shroud. Hereby they used an old traditional Dutch way of c ustomize it.  Filippo Iannone

What you will do

During this workshop, you will learn about the historical tradition and nowadays use of the death shroud. First, funeral director and Nature Morte curator Susanne Duijvestein will introduce you to the tradition of the burial shroud, including its meaning and practicalities. Whilst slowly working on your shroud, you will have conversations about death and grief.

You will start designing your own shroud: a beautiful piece of fabric in which you will once be gently covered. Of course, you don’t have to wait until death to finally use the shroud, Susanne will share some ideas to give ritual meaning to it during life. The idea of this workshop is that you make a start with your shroud, and bring it back home to continue working on it. 

Bring your own fabric:

Some basic fabrics, scissors, needles, pins and yarns will all be provided. There will also be one sewing machine, but the creation of the shroud is actually more beautifully done by hand sewing, slowly. You can use the basic fabrics from Susanne, but of course you could also bring your own fabrics. Or maybe you want to use old meaningful cloths or sheets, or application material that you want to use, just bring it with you. If you will be bringing your own, try to bring only natural fabrics like cotton, hemp, linen, wool, or silk.

Susanne Duijvestein

After eleven years in cooperative banking, Susanne Duijvestein switched into funeral business. Being young, progressive and independent, she reflects on the ethics and aesthetics in this world, but she also likes to reflect on how we relate to our own transience, what we eventually leave behind on this planet and how we can reclaim a non-commercial funeral culture again. Susanne is curator Nature Morte at Mediamatic.


Full price €75 | Discount €52
We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


14th of November, 13:30-17:00
Attendance limited to 8 people. We maintain a minimum of 5 participants.
Please note that, unless everyone speaks Dutch, this workshop will be held in English.
For questions please e-mail

We are taking corona safety into account at our workshops.
Read our small print here.