SILKS from China, carpets from Persia, cottons, shawls and kilims from India, Euopean embroidery and lace, antique buttons and bows – some of these fine textiles, fabrics and accessories are now an essential part of any vintage fashion fair.
The study of textile art, design and history is also an
important facet of the work of the Textile Society which aims to
bring together designers, teachers, artists and anyone interested
Each year the Textile Society, a registered charity which this
year celebrates its 25th birthday, organises a one-day Antique
Textile Fair, a major event in the field of textile appreciation
and conservation. Not only are there around 130 dealers selling a
wide range of vintage textiles, costumes and accessories from
across Europe, but it's a serious occasion too with a series of
lectures and workshops.
Meg Andrews, a textile dealer and one of the society's
spokespeople, said: "One of the speakers this year is Ann French,
conservationist at the Whitworth Art Gallery and Museum in
Manchester who is talking about the planning and preparation of the
gallery's current exhibtion Indigo: A Blue to Dye For."
The Annual Textile Fair takes place on Sunday March 4 in
Manchester at the Armitage Centre in Moseley Road, Fallowfield.
Admission £5 from 10am to 5pm; trade £10 from 8.30am).
Tel: 0161 860 0922.
BY JOAN PORTER
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