School of Design

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

Katagami - the Craft of the Japanese Stencil

Date: 11 April 20177 December 2017

This exhibition celebrates one of the archives major collections – ‘katagami’, Japanese resist dyeing stencils, which form a prominent part of our Japanese Collection. Through drilling, punching and cutting a great variety of detailed and intricate designs were cut into mulberry paper.  Read more »

The Synthetics Revolution: man-made fibres and everyday fashion

Date: 22 June 201612 December 2016

ULITA has teamed up with the Enterprise of Culture project (School of History)  and the Yorkshire Fashion Archive to look behind the scenes of the synthetics revolution with the aim of bringing the story of man-made fibres and how we Read more »

Indian Embroidery

Date: 5 May 201517 December 2015

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, Read more »
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Around the World in 80 Textiles

Date: 30 April 201428 November 2014

An exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of ULITA To 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 Read more »
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Phoenixes and Dragons

Date: 26 June 201329 November 2013

The Qing Dynasty extends from 1644 to 1911, and was the last imperial dynasty. An extensive range of decorative motifs were used to decorate textiles, often destined for garments. The Qing Collection in ULITA comprises over 200 nineteenth and early-twentieth century Chinese embroideries and tapestries, mostly acquired by Professor Barker of the Department of Textile Industries and his son during their work in China in the 1930s. Read more »
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Yoruba Textiles

Date: 5 September 201215 March 2013

The Yoruba of south western Nigeria are amongst the most prolific art making people of Africa. A major aspect of their creative culture is the design, production and use of textiles. Yoruba textile creativity has developed through a number of different technical processes and shows remarkable adaptability through time. Prolific weaving traditions are complemented by innovative dyeing and printing conventions. Through time these traditions have developed to incorporate modern materials such as Lurex, and today narrow strip loom cloth remains the material of Yoruba prestige clothing in Nigeria and its diaspora. Read more »
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Transformation

Date: 1 June 201220 July 2012

‘Transformation’, an exhibition by Rudranil Das and Briony Thomas, explores a range of concepts underlying structure and form in the decorative arts and design. The interrelated theories of proportion, symmetry, tessellation, fractals and visual perception are considered through the creation of geometric forms. Techniques of textile wrapping, laser cutting and etching have been used in the construction of the two- and three- dimensional works on display. Read more »
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Dress Rehearsal II

Date: 20 April 201225 May 2012

Based in the School of Design and underpinned by research excellence in textiles at the University of Leeds, the Yorkshire Fashion Archive is a new, publically accessible collection of haute couture, fashion garments and everyday clothing. It provides a unique historical and cultural record of Yorkshire life and documents clothing produced, purchased and worn by Yorkshire folk throughout the 20th Century. Read more »

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