World Textile Days 2013                                 

World Textile Day Norfolk - 2013

The People Behind the Cloth

Magie Relph and Bob Irwin have been taking their fair trade African Fabric Shop 'on safari' to the village of Mileham in Norfolk for over ten years.

It was a modest, low-key event, but it was always a great day out for quilters, embroiderers and textile lovers from the area.

We always thought East Anglia would support a bigger event and in 2013 we found the perfect venue to launch World Textile Day Norfolk in the village hall at Mundford, near Thetford.

Despite our publicity efforts, we were pretty nervous: imagine throwing a party and nobody comes. Well, we shouldn't have worried so much because come they did - in veritable droves!

Was it the tempting textiles that attracted so many people? Was it the informative and entertaining lectures? Well, yes, but let's not forget those cakes!

As always when we are 'on safari' in Norfok, the real stars of the show were our 'bakers extraordinaire' from Castle Quilters, who kept the goodies coming throughout the day - delicious!

World textiles expert John Gillow welcomes textile lovers
to our first World Textile Day Norfolk

Meri Hunneyball of Tukuru Textiles displaying her fair trade textiles and handicrafts from South America

Cakes, glorious cakes:
Courtesy of the 'bakers extraordinaire' of Castle Quilters

World Textile Day Scotland - 2013

The People Behind the Cloth

Thank you, Scotland - for our second phenomenal World Textile Day in Bridge of Allan.


It was so busy we lost count, but as many as 250 fabric-hungry textile lovers thronged the hall. Visitors came by car, train and coach from as far afield as Aberdeen and Inverness. How's that for Scottish spirit?

In their hands-on talks, Magie Relph and Jim Gaffney showed special pieces from their collections. They also introduced our captivated audience to our good friends in Africa and Asia, the dedicated artists who make the textiles that we collect and sell though our fair trade businesses.

Special thank to our hosts - The Divas of Session Quilters - who baked up a veritable storm of goodies, including traditional Scottish scones and pancakes.

Jim Gaffney of Textile Traders introduces a cloth
from his collection and discusses the artist who made it

Always come hungry to World Textile Day Scotland:
The cakes are fantastic!

Martin Conlan and textile artist Pauline Burbidge

World Textile Day Wales - 2013

The People Behind the Cloth

Thank you, Wales - for another fantastic World Textile Day in Llanidloes.

Our fifth World Textile Day Wales in March was a great success and a wonderful day out for the exhibitors, traders, volunteers and visitors.

Sometimes it's easy to focus completely on the beautiful textiles and forget about the artisans who make them. Hence, the theme of this year's exhibition and talks: The People Behind the Cloth. It must have struck a chord with our visitors, because the hall was packed for both talks by Magie Relph and Jim Gaffney.

A big thank you goes out to Doreen and her team at the Minerva Centre in Llanidloes (a great venue!) and especially to our visitors.

Magie Relph discusses West African batik
hand-dyed by her friend Grace Adover in Accra, Ghan

For our experts and visitors alike, textiles are for touching!

Susan Briscoe and Glynn Molyneaux
with Susan's collectiion of Japanese Kimono fabrics