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2018 dates confirmed for 7 World Textile Days

Mark your calendars now for a World Textile Day near you in 2018.

We've got a great theme running throught the exhibitions and talks: Working Together. In families, villages and communities around the world, artisan makers work together to produce wonderful textiles. We're going to focus on them and tell their stories.

In addition to our gang of world textiles experts - people like Jim and Diane Gaffney, John Gillow and Martin Conlan - we have some special guest speakers lined up to inform and entertain you.

We're especially looking forward to having with us Chris Spring, curator of the Africa collection at the British Museum. Chris will be our special guest speaker at World Textile Day Central in Oxfordshire on 2 June 2018. He's a great speaker - don't miss him!

For full details of speakers at each event, see our Events & Shows Diary.

World Textile Day East in Norfolk
Rockin' at World Textile Day East in Mundford, Norfolk

John Gillow bestows honour upon Magie Relph

John Gillow - renowned author, inveterate traveller and world textiles expert - recently pinned Magie with his esteemed blessing and honour: the Guinea Star (with bar) medal, awarded for three months of hard travel by bus, minibus, clapped out Peugot and donkey cart across West Africa.

Did you know that we stock John's book African Textiles: Colour and Creativity Across a Contintent?

Magie Relph and John Gillow
Magie Relph and John Gillow at Antique Textile Fair, Manchester

Another great World Textile Day in Wales

Our recent 25 March World Textile Day at Llanidloes was brilliant. One visitor remarked - not for the first time - 'World Textile Day is my favourite day of the year!' Speaking to our theme Colour, our main presentation was by Liz Beasely of Ananuca Chilean Textiles. She took us on a journey to the Andes to discover the natural dyes used by the weavers where she sources her rugs, shawls and yarns. Jim Gaffney of Textile Traders did a short talk about the resurgence of natural dyes and we continued our new idea of Show & Tell where visitors can discuss pieces from their own collections - very popular. The cakes by the Quilt Association of Wales were wonderful as well!

Our next World Textile Day is 6 May at Wickham in Hampshire.

More info about all seven of our World Textile Days:

Magie Relph introduces Liz Beasely of Ananuca Chilean Textiles at World Textile Day Wales in Llanidloes

Magie and Bob are back from their three month shopping spree across West Africa

It's nice to be home, of course. But we're missing the road a bit already - especially exploring the villages and markets of West Africa looking for textile treasures to tempt you!

Our latest adventure took us all the way from Morocco to Ghana with a whole lot of Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gamiba, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire in between.

We're busy updating the website as fast as we can with great new fabrics from our travels. 

Latest updates: African wax prints | Da Viva and Woodin prints | Guinea indigo cloth

Magie Relph and Bob Irwin in Mauritania
Magie and Bob on the road to Nouakchott, Mauritania

World Textile Days 2017

This year, our focus is COLOUR!

We're back from West Africa... Jim and Diane Gaffney are back from roaming the remote hills of Laos and the islands of Indonesia... John Gillow could be just about anywhere, but he's promised he'll be back soon!

Our first World Textile Day of 2017 is just around the corner: 25 March at Llanidloes in Wales.

We've got another great series of events lined up for you - seven World Textile Days in total all united by the this year's theme: Colour! Each event will feature different talks and speakers and a varied lineup of world textiles experts.

Mark your diary now!

  • 25 March 2017 - Wales. Llanidloes.
  • 6 May 2017 - South of England. Wickham, Hampshire.
  • 3 June 2017 - Central England. Kings Sutton, Oxfordshire.
  • 17 June 2017 - Scotland. Bridge of Allan.
  • 9 September 2017 - East of England. Mundford, Norfolk.
  • 23 September 2017 - North of England. Frodsham, Cheshire.
  • 30 September 2017 - West of England. Bristol.

All about World Textile Day:

Bob shows off his new fugu smock at World Textile Day North in Cheshire. He commissioned it specially from our tailor friend in Bolgatanga Ishmael Mohammed.


Magie at World Textile Day Central in Kings Sutton. The broken wrist happened a few weeks earlier at World Textile Day South in Hampshire.
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