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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 Wales

25 March 2017 - Llanidloes

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. Liz Beasley of Aņaņuca Chilean Textiles. Dyeing to Weave: Of Spiders, Plants and Pigments in Chile.
  • 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 the Quilt Association of Wales. Disabled access. Free parking near by.

Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Wales, SY18 6BY

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

Venue info: www.quilt.org.uk

Image: Liz Beasley

World Textile Day South

6 May 2017 - Wickham, Hampshire

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. Jenny Balfour Paul - lecturer, traveller and author of 'Indigo'. Deeper than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell, Forgotten Explorer.
  • 2 pm Show & Tell. Bring and discuss your own world textile with one of our world textile experts. Plus: a short talk by Jane Callender: Indigo Shibori.
  • £3 per session or £5 for both, tickets at the door.
  • Try it yourself - Shibori and indigo dyeing with Jane Callender. Throughout the day, small fee for materials.

With these specialist world textile traders:

Delicious refreshments provided by our hosts the Meon Valley Quilters. Disabled access. Free parking. Station - Wickham.

Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AL

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

Venue info: www.wickhamcentre.org.uk

Image: Jane Callender

World Textile Day Central

3 June 2017 - near Banbury

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. Chris Aslan Alexander - author of 'Carpet Ride to Khiva' and the novel 'Alabaster', published in November 2016 - The Silk Road: A Journey into Colour.
  • 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. 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

Image: Chris Aslan Alexander

World Textile Day Scotland

17 June 2017 - Bridge of Allan

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. Martin Conlan - textile trader, collector and traveller. Indigo: The Magical Blue in Chinese Tribal Textiles.
  • 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. 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]

Image: Martin Conlan

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

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