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Rites of Passage: Birth, marriage & death through textiles

Every year at our World Textile Days around the country we explore a common theme through our FREE exhibition and morning and afternoon presentations - only £2 per session.

In 2016 our world textile experts will focus on the role of textiles in birth, marriage and death around the world.

NEW VENUE in Oxfordshire | Special Guest Speakers

We're really excited about adding a new World Textile Day to our schedule: World Textile Day Central, Saturday 4 June in King's Sutton, near Banbury in Oxfordshire. We also have some special guest speakers lined up to inform and entertain you. You'll find full details of all seven World Textile Days below. Please join us!

For anyone who loves textiles and costume, World Textile Day is a fascinating and stimulating event... a great day out. Popular Patchwork

World textile experts share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with you - the clothaholics of the world. Workbox magazine

World Textile Day Central

4 June 2016 - near Banbury

FREE admission to our exhibition of stitched, embroidered and woven textiles and artefacts from around the world. 10 am - 4.30 pm.

FAIR TRADE - Worldwide fair trade textile, directly from the makers.

Plus:

  • 11 am presentation. John Gillow - Dowry Textiles of north-west India and Pakistan.
  • 2 pm Show & Tell. Bring and discuss your own textile with one of our world textile experts. Plus: two short talks.
  • £2 per session, tickets at the door.

With these specialist world textile traders:

  • Textile Traders
  • The African Fabric Shop
  • John Gillow
  • Slow Loris Textiles - Martin Conlan
  • Tukuru Textiles from South America - Meri Hunneyball
  • Susan Briscoe Designs

Delicious refreshments to be confirmed. Disabled access. Free parking. Station - King's Sutton.

King's Sutton Millenium Memorial Hall, Astrop Road, King's Sutton, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 3PG

View/print: World Textile Day Central leaflet [PDF]

Venue info: www.kingssuttonhall.co.uk

NEW World Textile Day Venue for 2016

Sacred Valley, Peru. © Meri Hunneyball

World Textile Day Scotland

18 June 2016 - Bridge of Allan

FREE admission to our exhibition of stitched, embroidered and woven textiles and artefacts from around the world. 10 am - 4.30 pm.

FAIR TRADE - Worldwide fair trade textile, directly from the makers.

Plus:

  • 11 am Guest Speaker. Andrew Haughton from The Nomad's Tent, Edinburgh, oriental carpet and kilim specialists.
  • 2 pm Show & Tell. Bring and discuss your own textile with one of our world textile experts. Plus: two short talks.
  • £2 per session, tickets at the door.

With these specialist world textile traders:

  • Textile Traders
  • The African Fabric Shop
  • John Gillow
  • Slow Loris Textiles - Martin Conlan
  • Kekfesto Cotton - Gilly Thomson
  • Susan Briscoe Designs
  • The Nomad's Tent
  • Khayamiya Egyptian Appliqués
  • Suzy Rowe - vintage silk kantha stitch clothing and accessories
  • Karen Haggis - Nepalese textiles

Delicious refreshments to be confirmed. Disabled access. Free parking. Station - Bridge of Allan.

Bridge of Allan Parish Church of Scotland, 12 Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NW

View/print: World Textile Day Scotland leaflet [PDF]

Miao wedding. © Martin Conlan

World Textile Day East

10 September 2016 - Norfolk

FREE admission to our exhibition of stitched, embroidered and woven textiles and artefacts from around the world. 10 am - 4.30 pm.

FAIR TRADE - Worldwide fair trade textile, directly from the makers.

Plus:

  • 11 am Guest Speaker. Christopher Spring, Curator of the British Museum Africa collection and author of 'African Textiles Today'.
  • 2 pm Show & Tell. Bring and discuss your own textile with one of our world textile experts. Plus: two short talks.
  • £2 per session, tickets at the door.

With these specialist world textile traders:

  • Textile Traders
  • The African Fabric Shop
  • John Gillow
  • Slow Loris Textiles - Martin Conlan
  • Susan Briscoe Designs
  • Tanya Byrne - Indian textiles

Delicious refreshments to be confirmed. Disabled access. Free parking. Stations - Brandon and Downham Market.

Mundford Village Hall, St Leonards Street, Mundford, near Thetford, Norfolk, IP26 5DW

View/print: World Textile Day East leaflet [PDF]

Venue info: www.mundfordvillagehall.org.uk

Lalibela, Ethiopia. © Robert Irwin

World Textile Day West

1 October 2016 - Bristol

FREE admission to our exhibition of stitched, embroidered and woven textiles and artefacts from around the world. 10 am - 4.30 pm.

FAIR TRADE - Worldwide fair trade textile, directly from the makers.

Plus:

  • 11 am presentation. Diane Gaffney - A Matter of Life and Death: Batik and Ikat in Indonesian Life.
  • 2 pm Show & Tell. Bring and discuss your own textile with one of our world textile experts. Plus: two short talks.
  • £2 per session, tickets at the door.

With these specialist world textile traders:

  • Textile Traders
  • The African Fabric Shop
  • John Gillow
  • Slow Loris Textiles - Martin Conlan
  • Tukuru Textiles from South America - Meri Hunneyball
  • Añañuca Chilean Textiles - Liz Beasley

Delicious refreshments courtesy of our hosts Saltford Community Association. Disabled access. Free parking. Stations - Keynsham, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath.

Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford, Bristol, BS31 3BY

View/print: World Textile Day West leaflet [PDF]

Venue info: www.saltfordhall.co.uk

Java, Indonesia. © Diane Gaffney

Previously at World Textile Day... looking back at earlier events in 2016

 

World Textile Day Wales - Llanidloes

Rites of Passage:
Birth, marriage & death through textiles

19 Mar 2016 As Wales is our first World Textile venue of the season, visitors to the Minerva Centre always gets an early peek at what's new on our world textile agenda. Lucky Wales!

This year we launched a brand new concept: an afternoon Show & Tell session, where visitors can show and discuss a significant textiles from their lives and experiences. Everybody loved it and so did we!

We also welcomed two new world textile experts to our team.

Nataliya Cummings if from the Ukraine and now lives in the UK. She treated us to some fantastic traditional textiles from her homeland and also operates tours there.

Simon Willis was born in Nepal and spent most of his youth there. Today, he returns there as often as he can and recently started dealing in lovely handwoven, hand-dyed Nepalese pashminas.

Thanks to Doreen Gough and the Quilt Association for their support, hospitality and cakes.

Show & Tell at World Textile Day:
Discuss your cherished textile with our experts

Traditional textiles and tours of the Ukraine:
Nataliya Cummings joins our team of world textile experts

Traditional Nepalese pashminas:
We welcome Simon Willis at his first World Textile Day

World Textile Day South - Wickham, Hampshire

Rites of Passage:
Birth, marriage & death through textiles

7 May 2016 This was our second outing at this fantastic venue in Wickham - hosted by the equally fantastic Meon Valley Quilters, who baked up a storm.

Bob Irwin kicked off the day with his morning talk - Bury Me Well: African funeral textiles and rituals. He showed and discussed some fascinating textiles and even gave a glimpse of the Ga coffin he aspires to... that's the one shaped like a Star beer bottle!

In the afternoon John Gillow entertained - as usual - with some textiles from his collection and Diane Gaffney gave some insights into to role batik plays in Javanese society.

Our new textile show & tell session proved a hit as well, with several people bringing along treasured textiles to show off and discuss with the audience.

Bury Me Well:
Bob Irwin shopping for his coffin in Ghana

Meri Hunneball and her newborn daughter Ava:
Just managing to keep pace with the tenacious shoppers!

Textile Show & Tell:
Bring along your own textile to discuss with our experts

World Textile Day North - Frodsham, Cheshire

Rites of Passage:
Birth, marriage & death through textiles

14 May 2016 The Wickham Centre is turning out to be one of our most successful and well-attended venues for World Textile Day. It's a great space for displaying our free exhibition of world textiles and our hosts Frodsham Patchwork Group bake up a storm.

This year thanks to the enormous efforts of Susan Briscoe we had a very special day for our visitors. Susan arranged for 18 touring sashiko artists from Japan to demonstrate throughout the day. Visitors could even have a go under their expert tuition.

Susan also gave a fascinating and entertaining talk and fashion show explaining all about Japanese formal kimono.

Our afternoon textile show & tell session went down a storm as well. Brilliant!

Early warning about World Textile Day North in 2017

Our World Textile Day calendar is getting quite crowded with dates, so in 2017 we're moving the Frodsham event to the autumn: 23 September 2017.

Our world textiles experts
with a vintage Adinkra cloth from Magie Relph's collection

Keen stitchers having a go at sashiko
with our special guest teachers from Japan

Wedding outfit from Siwa Oasis, Egypt:
Exhibited by Joan Fisher of Khayamiya Egyptian Appliqués

We're coming to a venue near you in England, Scotland and Wales

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