Exhibition: Around the World in Eighty Textiles

ULITA - Around the World in 80 Textiles - Mandala thangka

Exhibition dates: 30 September – 28 November 2014

To celebrate a decade since the opening of the University of Leeds International Textile Archive (ULITA) at St Wilfred’s Chapel, this exhibition reveals the scope of the archive by presenting costume and textiles from all the countries featured in ULITA’s collections. None of the items selected for display have been exhibited since the opening in 2004.

The exhibition highlights some of the fascinating donors’ stories, including the adventurous Professor Barker, who brought together one of ULITA’s finest collections of nineteenth century Chinese textiles, and the amazing embroiderer Louisa Pesel, whose work was inspired by her extensive travels.

ULITA has its origins in a university research collection brought together in the early twentieth century. With substantial recent additions, this exhibition provides an opportunity to view the diversity of motifs, symbols, patterns, techniques and constructions found in the world of textiles. Countries represented include Britain, Turkey, France, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Moldova, Romania, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Japan, China, Peru and Mexico.

For more information, visit the website of the University of Leeds International Textile Archive (ULITA), Leeds.

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