School of Design

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

Major Collections

Qing dragon robe

ULITA holds a world wide collection of textiles, including Chinese Qing dynasty embroideries, Kashmiri shawls, Mediterranean and near eastern embroideries, block-printed cottons from Pakistan, Javanese batiks and ikats, Japanese textiles, West African weaves, 19th and 20th century European textile samples, mid- 20th century British furnishing fabrics, natural and man-made fibres and glass plate teaching slides.

Please view the individual collections via the links on the left hand side, or for a keyword search go direct to our online catalogue.



In 2008 ULITA, with funding from the AHRC and The Clothworkers’ Foundation, embarked on a major programme of work to catalogue, document and conserve the major collections.  The Clothworkers’ Documentation and Conservation Project at ULITA 2008-2010 details the work carried out on eight of these collections.

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