School of Design

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

Around the World in 80 Textiles

An exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of ULITA

Small_lfp00144To celebrate a decade since the opening of ULITA at St. Wilfred’s Chapel, this exhibition showcases the scope of the archive by presenting costume and textiles from all the countries featured in ULITA’s collections.

All items selected for display have not 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.

 

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