School of Design

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

Learning Resources


Early handling collection of fibres

Making Textiles

The majority of the textile fabrics contained in ULITA’s Collection are woven from yarns which have been made from natural fibres.

The Making Textiles resource contains four learning modules which will give you an overview of the stages involved for the manufacture of a woven fabric: fibres, yarns and weaving.



Ikats of Sawu Island

Ikats of Sawu Island

An in depth look at the unique hand woven cotton fabrics made by the people of Sawu and neighbouring islands.

The Ikats of Sawu Island resource contains two learning modules: Overview and The Making of Ikats




Form, Shape and Space An Exhibition of Tilings and Polyhedra

Teacher’s Booklet: Form, Shape and Space An Exhibition of Tilings and Polyhedra

Symmetry is a simple concept that transcends the boundaries between art, science and mathematics.

Form, Shape and Space An Exhibition of Tilings and Polyhedra by L. Meenan and B. G. Thomas, explores the links between symmetry in two and three-dimensions. The booklet also examines different ways that repeated patterns can be applied to surfaces.





Related Resources

ARLIS/UK & IRELAND (The Art Librarians Association) publication Art Researchers’ Guide to Leeds, 2011 Includes an entry on ULITA.

Museums Sheffield (2012) Yorkshire World Collections: Discover the Stories Behind 100 World Treasures in Museums Across Yorkshire. Includes items selected from ULITA.

World Collection Resources in Yorkshire Museums at MyLearning, including items selected from ULITA.

Morrell, A. B (2007) The migration of stitches and the practice of stitch as movement. Ahmedabad: Sarabhai Foundation. The stitch samples Professor Morrell created for this publication are held in ULITA.

Nicholson, E (compiled by). (2009) On Tenterhooks, a compendium of textile words, terms and expressions. Bradford: Wool Press.

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