Stitching the lockdown in squares
Costume & Textile Association members and friends made fabulous squares to mark the year of coronavirus and lockdown. Now they are stitched together, and will be backed and quilted before going on show in June in Norwich.
Find out more about the Coronaquilt and see the individual squares here.
Helen Hoyte scarf competition winners
The work of three NUA textile design students at celebrating different aspects of sustainability has been honoured by the Costume and Textile Association with this year's Helen Hoyte Award.
Year 2 students on the BA (Hons) Textile Design course were challenged in November 2020 by the C&TA in Norwich to design a scarf to celebrate ‘Sustainable Norwich and Norfolk’.
Find out more about the scarves
Textile Treasures - fingers crossed!
The Textile Treasures exhibition had been due to open at Norwich Castle Museum on January 4, but of course was not able to do so because of the lockdown,
However it is hoped that it will still get a slot later this year.
Textile Treasures is a celebration of inspiring textiles and their makers, their personal histories, creativity and craft from Norwich Castle's nationally-important collection.
The exhibition, which is supported by the C&TA, includes 30 extraordinary examples of patchwork, applique, and embroidery.
Find out more about Textile Treasures
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
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DON'T MISS: The exhibition catalogue slideshow of our 2016 exhibition, Past Glory, Present Inspiration. View it here.
Geoffrey Squire Bursary 2021
The Costume & Textile Association is pleased to announce that the third Geoffrey Squire Memorial Bursary of up to £2000 for research into costume or textile history will be awarded in June 2021.
Perhaps unexpected and unaccustomed free time during 2020 has given enthusiasts the chance to come up with exciting and promising ideas which, if developed, could benefit from financial support. Maybe ongoing research could be helped. The award is usually spread over two years and may be for academic and/or practical research.
The award was set up thanks to a generous legacy to the Costume and Textile Association from the estate of the late Geoffrey Squire (1924 -2011), a well-known costume and textile historian and theatre designer.
Find out more and apply here