School of Design

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

Making Textiles Resource

early handling education collection of fibres

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

Some of the fabrics are woven as plain, non-patterned fabric and later embellished by block-printing, or the woven fabric is dyed and then decorated with embroidery.

The most elaborate woven textiles are those called brocades and ikats. Brocades are woven on complex looms equipped with a Jacquard mechanism. Ikats are fabrics woven in a basic weave, the elaborate patterning being achieved by resist dyeing the yarns before weaving.

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:

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