CORONAVIRUS (COVID19): All C&TA events, including Shirehall visits for new members, have been cancelled for the foreseeable future in light of government advice. Once things settle down we will be in touch again to let you know if events can be re-scheduled, or if those who have bought tickets will be refunded. You can also sign up to our newsletter.
Join our Coronaquilt campaign!
Many of us may be staying at home because of the spread of Coronavirus. Events have been cancelled and we miss our get-togethers – so the C&TA have launched a project to keep us all in touch.
We are inviting members, supporters, friends and family to join us in making a cheering quilt… a 'Coronaquilt'. It's a small square in any technique and any style.
So why not get stitching? Find out all about the project here
Also, we are asking you to send us pictures and news about what you are up to during these difficult days and weeks... we already have some interesting messages which we will post here, on Facebook and our other social media sites.
Visit the 'My Project' page to see the work.
And there's another project to join in - C&TA member Jacquie Harvey BEM is known around the world for her quilting. When she heard about our community Coronaquilt, she told us about her own quilt project, which you can also join. Jacquie's is a six-month project, in which you make all the squares yourself.
Find out more about Jacquie's project
Fun at the Makers' Festival
Beetroot lip gloss proved to be a real hit at the Costume & Textile Association stall at the Norfolk Makers' Festival.
Visitors tried it on, tied headscarves in 1940s style. and created flower corsages to add an touch of glamour.
C&TA member Lily Rodgers (left) is researching the impact of Hollywood films and the ‘Friendly Invasion’ - on the fashions, hairstyles and make-up of Norfolk women.
View our gallery of images on the news page
Shawl expert Helen on video
We are delighted to be able to bring you three excerpts from a major film project, which recorded some of the knowledge, expertise - and sheer enthusiasm - of our vice-president, Helen Hoyte.
Helen talks about the beginnings of the Norwich shawl industry, about the precious dye, Norwich red, and about the woman who launched the C&TA, Pamela Clabburn.
View videos of Helen Hoyte
Find out more about Pamela Clabburn
The Costume & Textile Association is an independent charity seeking to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums Service.
Norwich is a fine city whose heritage owes much to the textile industry which brought wealth to the city between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries.
The legacy can still be enjoyed today: Norwich is still enriched by the different styles, culture, architecture and language that can be traced back to the ‘Strangers’ who came from the Low Countries to work in the textile industry.
The Costume and Textile Association (C&TA) is a lively organisation bringing together people who are keen to support and learn more about the history and development of costume and textiles.
Find out more about us, and read our mission statement, constitution and data protection policy.
The C&TA works to raise money for the museums service, but is independent of it.
Over the last three decades Costume and Textile Association members have contributed more than £100,000 to enable the Norfolk Museums Service to extend and improve its costume and textile collection.
Find out more about our donations
CALLING SPINNERS, WEAVERS AND DYERS IN NORWICH: There are currently five guilds of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers serving Norfolk and Suffolk - but there is no guild based in the Norwich city area. But that gap may be filled. See our news page for more info.
UPDATED: See our previews page for the exhibitions planned for 2020 at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich and at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.
DON'T MISS: The exhibition catalogue slideshow of our 2016 exhibition, Past Glory, Present Inspiration. View it here.
NEW: The Miscellany edition from 2018 is now available to read along with other past editions. View it here.
Our second email newsletter was sent in February. We're planning to keep in touch with both members and interested non-members through further e-newsletters. To find out more, and sign up, visit our email newsletter page.