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.

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 (see right for our exhibition news) , but are open for research visits by appointment.

From 2019, we will share news, exhibition and events information through Leeds University Library Galleries’ monthly newsletter. If you would like to keep receiving updates from us please sign up to the Leeds University Library Galleries mailing list.

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.

A new textile exhibition curated from our collection opens at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery from 9th September to 7th December 2019: “Fabrics of a Decorative Character”.

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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