International Textile Collection



Welcome to the International Textile Collection (formerly ULITA)

We are now part of Special Collections and Galleries, Leeds University Library.  This website will be reduced in content in the coming months.

Please note: We are closed for the forseeable future, please direct any urgent queries via Special Collections.  We are sorry if access to our database is temperamental at this time.

The Collection is still housed in St Wilfred’s Chapel on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds.

We will not be holding exhibitions in the chapel, but will be open for research visits by appointment in the future.

If you would like to keep receiving updates about exhibitions please sign up to the Leeds University Library Galleries mailing list.


The Special Collections Research Centre and St Wilfred’s Chapel will be closed or have limited service over the summer of 2020. The Leeds University Library Galleries will be open as usual. For details see our website.

General enquiries (telephone):

+44(0)113 343 3919 (Wed / Thurs)

+44(0)113 343 5518 (Tues / Fri)

General enquiries (email):


News: ULITA joins University of Leeds Special Collections

From 1st August 2019 ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles, previously under of the School of Design, is integrating with University of Leeds Special Collections and Galleries. This transfer will enhance access to our collection and strengthen our ongoing learning and events programmes.

St Wilfred’s Chapel will continue to house our collection until further notice. Research visits to our archive are operating by appointment as usual. The exhibition area in the chapel is no longer open for visits.

Image: Silk applique fragment. late 16th Century, from European Fragments collection, ref: 2011.220

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