Costume and Textile Association

C&TA Notice Board

    The Arts Society Norwich

David Rosier lived in Hong Kong and worked in China between 1991/2004. Whilst there he assembled a collection of approximately 700 predominantly
Qing Dynasty (1644 1911) Imperial related textiles,
insignia of rank and dress accessories.
This Special Interest Day will provide a comprehensive insight into how highly decorated and expertly created costume and textiles were used at the Chinese Imperial Court to denote the  rank and status of the wearer.
There will be a display of relevant court costume from
David's private collection.
Three one hour sessions start after coffee at 10am and ending 3.30pm approx.
The cost of the day is £35.00  including a
2 course lunch. The venue is Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, where there is free parking. 

For further details, please click here to see the flyer

INVITATION to our TEXTILE  DEMONSTRATION  DAY  Friday May 18th, 11am to 6pm.

Seven textile artists taking part in the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail will open their studios a day early for visitors with a special textile interest.
All these artists have developed their skills over many years, and between them cover a wide range of textile disciplines. Their studios are within a short distance of each other, between Pulham and Bungay:

Isobel Auker (wool and silk felting) Pulham St Mary, studio 4
Rose Martin (painting on silk) Needham, 2
Christina Greathead (hand and machine stitching) Starston, 5
Caryl Challis (contemporary batik) Harleston, 6
Ingrid Duffy (textile collage and stitch) Homersfield, 12
Lin Patterson (piecing, colour and construction)
South Elmham, 11
Poppy Szaybo (stitch and surface decoration) Bungay, 17
Visitors will be offered a unique chance to see and experience a variety of processes and techniques with fibre, cloth, colour and stitch, and also to find out about textile workshops available throughout the year.
For directions to studios, on-line brochure, and more information about the artists see website: 


Nursery Days


Angela Lynne

Book Review
Angela, a member of the C&TA has a collection of children’s clothes from 1890 – 1980. In this book she displays much of her collection by the use of beautiful photographs.
The book is organised into chapters showing different types of clothing such as ‘dresses and smocking’, ‘underwear and nightwear’ and ‘heirlooms, bonnets and bibs’. Each chapter consists of photographs of the items showing how the styles have developed over time. Whilst the photos are the star they are supported by explanation about the garments and interesting insights such as the development of the John Lewis brand name.

     The photos enable us to explore all the different topics covered in the book providing clear and detailed examples of the various garments, prams and toys. For example with in the smocking chapter there are many detailed close up pictures that enable to viewer to clearly see the intricate patterns created
by the needlework


Continued book review;

 As well as clothes, items such as toys, prams and books are considered and there is one fascinating chapter about the labels different designers and retailers used in the garments they sold.
At the back of the book various scenes of childhood have ben recreated and then photographed. These pictures give an insight I to things such as what children would have worn and played with on the beach, worn when spending time with their parents after tea in the nursery or taken to prep school.
Overall the book provides a fascinating way of displaying an interesting collection of children’s clothes to a wide audience. The quality of the photographs enhance the book and elevate it into one that I wold be happy to display as a ‘coffee table’ book for all to see and enjoy.



Kate Parkin, C&TA committee m



Norfolk Cathedral Broderers' Guild

The Broderers’ Guild is responsible for the care and repair of ecclesiastical textiles, as well as designing and making new frontals and vestments for
Norwich Cathedral.
The Guild is able to offer its services to parishes and private individuals within the Norwich Diocese and beyond, providing restoration expertise, alterations or repairs to existing ecclesiastical work, and also designing and making new textile items such as chasubles, stoles and frontals.

Tours take place on Wednesday's at 2pm
see poster for dates
Price £4 per person


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