World textiles in Norfolk

world textile posterOn Saturday I had a great time seeing beautiful and varied textiles from cultures around the globe at the World Textile Day in Norfolk. This event brought together people who have spent decades visiting remote areas, learning about textile techniques and traditions and bringing examples back  for us to appreciate. The Village Centre at Mundford was packed with visitors enjoying the opportunity to handle and buy wonderful pieces and learn more about the people behind the cloth. We also relished the delicious cakes the Castle Quilters were serving with tea and coffee.

batik cloth

One of my favourite batik pieces

Jim Gaffney of Textile Techniques presented the morning talk to a very packed room with extra chairs from behind a curtain being distributed right up to the last minute. He gave us a personal and fascinating insight into the lives of weavers and dyers he has worked with for nearly 30 years and how the textiles are embedded in their way of life. I particularly loved the intricate batik sarongs and appreciated them even more after the description of the complex process of producing them. Also there with offerings for sale were John Gillow, Martin Conlan and the African Fabric Shop, displaying the fabrics and products of Asia, Indonesia and Africa.

Callender shiboriShibori specialist, Jane Callendar had brought beautiful examples of her meticulous work and I was tempted into coming away with her starter indigo dyeing pack. I am inspired by the indigo fabrics I see others creating and now I can try it myself!

Unfortunately I had to leave before the afternoon talk but having enjoyed this one so much I will make sure that next time there is a World Textile event within reach I invest a whole day in it.