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Meet our world textiles experts

Our specialist traders are a direct link between YOU and artisan textile makers worldwide. We travel the globe researching, documenting and buying high quality textiles, costume and artefacts: supporting ancient traditions and creative innovation.

Across Asia, Africa, South America and Europe, our fair trade businesses make a difference to the lives of our suppliers and their families.

What makes World Textile Day special?

The TEXTILES, of course, sourced by our experts on their world travels.

But it's also about YOU: your chance to see, handle and buy textile treasures you won't find anywhere else.

And it's about the PEOPLE - who've devoted their creative and technical skills to producing cloths for ceremonial and daily use around the world.

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 East

9 September 2017 - Norfolk

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

FAIR TRADE MARKET - From makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Plus:

  • 11 am presentation. Jim Gaffney - textile trader, collector and traveller. The Old Colours are Best: A Resurgence in Natural Dyes.
  • 2 pm Show & Tell. Bring and discuss your own world textile with one of our world textile experts. Plus: a short talk.
  • £3 per session or £5 for both, tickets at the door.

With these specialist world textile traders:

Delicious refreshments. 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

Image: Diane Gaffney

World Textile Day North

23 September 2017 - Frodsham, Cheshire

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

FAIR TRADE MARKET - From makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Plus:

  • 11 am presentation. Magie Relph - quilter, collector, textile trader and author of 'African Wax Print: A Textile Journey. Colours of Africa.
  • 2 pm Show & Tell. Bring and discuss your own world textile with one of our world textile experts. Plus: a short talk.
  • £3 per session or £5 for both, tickets at the door.
  • Throughout the day: demonstration by the Braid Society.

With these specialist world textile traders:

Delicious refreshments provided by our hosts Frodsham Patchwork Group. Disabled access. Free parking. Station - Frodsham.

Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane - B5439, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN

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

Venue info: http://frodcomm.org.uk/cc/

Image: Robert Irwin

World Textile Day West

30 September 2017 - Bristol

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

FAIR TRADE MARKET - From makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Plus:

  • 11 am presentation. Jenifer and Ian Rutherford. Colourful Palestinian Costume and Embroidery.
  • 2 pm Show & Tell. Bring and discuss your own world textile with one of our world textile experts. Plus: a short talk.
  • £3 per session or £5 for both, tickets at the door.

With these specialist world textile traders:

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

Image: Jenifer and Ian Rutherford

Previously at World Textile Days 2017

World Textile Day Wales - Llanidloes, 25 March 2017: Report and pictures...

World Textile Day South - Wickham, Hampshire, 6 May 2017: Report and pictures...

World Textile Day Central - King's Sutton, Oxfordshire, 3 June 2017: Report and pictures...

World Textile Day Scotland - Bridge of Allan, 17 June 2017: Report and pictures...

World Textile Days 2018: dates and venues confirmed

Mark you calendars now for our series of seven World Textile Days in England, Scotland and Wales in 2018.

  • 17 March 2018 - Wales - Llanidloes
  • 14 April 2018 - South East of England - East Horsley, Surry NEW VENUE
  • 2 June 2018 - Central England - King's Sutton, Oxfordshire
  • 16 June 2018 - Scotland - Bridge of Allan
  • 8 September 2018 - East of England - Mundford, Norfolk
  • 29 September 2018 - North of England - Frodsham, Cheshire
  • 6 October 2018 - West of England - Saltford, Bristol

Our 2018 theme: Working Together

As our world textiles experts tramp the globe researching, documenting and buying textiles, we are constantly reminded how much the artisans who make these treasures work together to work their magic. So in 2018, our talks and exhibitions will celebrate this spirit of co-operation and teamwork.

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

Would you like a supply of World Textile Day leaflets or posters for the event nearest you or your group?

For leaflets, posters or more information, please Contact us.