CORONAVIRUS (COVID19): All 'actual' C&TA events have been cancelled in light of government advice. - but we have held a virtual Zoom show and share event and our AGM will also be online. See our events page. 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.
Museum staff want help to Picture the Pandemic...
Museums across the city are appealing to the public to help them record their experiences of living through the COVID-19 crisis.
Curators from The Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell, Strangers' Hall and The Norwich Castle Study Centre have already begun collecting items which will be preserved for future generations. - including face masks sewn to raise money for the Puppet Theatre.
But museum staff want to collect more personal items from the community, backed up by individual stories. And that's where you come in.... see the full story on our Coronaquilt page.
... and can you help by filling in a quick survey?
Norwich museums are recording the way in which local people’s home life has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. They want to hear about your experiences through a simple survey. Responses will be used to provide a snapshot of local life during the pandemic.
Click this link to take the survey
Zoom success for show & share event
More than 40 people joined us via the Zoom software for an online show and share event.
We had some lovely pieces to look at - Deidre Bailey's 100-year-old drawers and aprons found in a bin bag; Helen Hoyte's 1950s 'sampler' of her eight years in Sri Lanka, Jean Smith's embroidery celebrating the 1953 coronation; Joy Evitt's Victorian dress, Isobel Auker's current work; plus a range of handbags and glad rags and intriguing items.
Jenny Daniels' beautiful painted jacket had proved to be a conservation nightmare, and a question mark remains over Alice Leftley's mystery hanging, embroidered in metal threads with an exotic castle at its centre. Any ideas where it could be from?
Join our Coronaquilt campaign!
What a fantastic collection of squares are coming in for our Coronaquilt!
The C&TA invited members, friends and family to join us in making a cheering quilt: a 'Coronaquilt'. Sew a small square in any technique and any style - and you don't have to be an expert stitcher.
So why not join in? Find out all about the project here.
What have YOU been up to during the lockdown?
We are asking you to send us pictures and news about what you are up to during these difficult days and weeks. We have some interesting ideas which we will post here, on Facebook and our other social media sites. The latest are Jean Smith's mystery embroidery and Barbara Ayers' quarantine quilt.
Visit the 'My Project' page to see the work.
A few of our favourite things...
Here is your chance to share your favourite textile-related object or objects with other website visitors. We start with two very different items - a beautifully stitched table/screen and an African raffia embroidery.
Read more about My Favourite...
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: Show a little love to the humble pyjamas, and share some of their history. Fashion and Textile Museum article.
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.
We are keeping 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.