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ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

Fibre Collection


peanut fibre production samples

ULITA has a substantial collection of natural and synthetic fibre samples totalling over 1000 items. The collection includes: a wide-ranging collection of man-made and natural fibres including unusual plant fibres, and historically interesting cellulose and protein based man-made fibres collected and donated in the 1970s by Ralph Marsden, an employee of ICI.  To this is added a collection of 150 unusual animal hair samples donated by the Wool Industries Research Association.

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