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ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles


Welcome to ULITA

ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles (formerly the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive) is housed in St Wilfred's Chapel on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds.

The purpose of the archive is to collect, preserve and document textiles and other related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the public ... read more »

ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles
St.Wilfred's Chapel
Maurice Keyworth Building
University of Leeds

Opening hours: Tuesdays – Thursdays 09:30 – 16:30, Fridays by appointment ... read more »

General enquiries (telephone): +44(0)113 343 3919
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ULITA holds temporary exhibitions based on aspects of its own collections and equivalent themes:

2014.30a Indian Embroidery

Showcasing the Indian Collection at ULITA

Open by appointment in January - February 2016

This exhibition focuses exclusively for the first time on the Indian Collection, one of ULITA's major, and particularly colourful, world collections.

Illustrating the variety and quality of workmanship found in Indian embroidery, the exhibition explores the techniques of whitework, quilting, counted stitch, chain stitch, mirror work, metal thread work and appliqué. Also highlighted are a variety of artifacts on which embroidery may be found, from puppets to slippers, hats to tent covers... read more »

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