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ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

Natural Fibres: A World Heritage

juteA celebration of the International Year of Natural Fibres

Natural fibres include those fibres of plant or animal origin, which can be spun into yarn, thread or rope. Woven, knitted, matted or bonded, they form fabrics that are essential to society. To celebrate the International Year of Natural Fibres and in association with the recent 2009 Ars Textrina International Textiles Conference, ULITA is highlighting the use of natural fibres in textiles from across the globe. Selections from ULITA’s constituent collections include silks from Qing Dynasty China, shawls of cashmere, Mediterranean embroideries of linen and silk, Javanese batik cottons, an embroidered ship cloth from Sumatra, ikats from Indonesia, crafted items from New Zealand, West Africa, Malaysia and Turkey, and various twentieth century textiles.

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