Costume and Textile Association

C&TA Exhibition - Norwich Shawls: Past Glory, Present Inspiration


Submissions were invited in the following categories for contemporary textile art inspired by the
Norwich Shawl:

A. Wall-hung pieces

B. Three-dimensional 
items, self-supporting

C. Garments and

Entrants could have used any textile methods, traditional or contemporary, combinations of methods, and mixed media with a textile element.


Norwich Shawls:
Past Glory, Present Inspiration

Our very special exhibition drew record numbers of enthusiastic visitors to The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral in October.


The Past Glory of Norwich Shawls was represented by twenty-two fine examples of Norwich's wonderful textile heritage, and it was a rare opportunity to see these privately-owned beauties.  We are extremely grateful to the shawl-owners for making this event possible.  There were tales to be told for all of the shawls, whether embroidered fillover, woven or printed, and the thoughtful layout of the hang in this prestigious exhibition space had a lively and colourful impact.
Selected contemporary textile art provided the Present Inspiration aspect of the exhibition, with wall-hangings, garments and accessories and even tea-cosies taking design cues from this rich textile heritage and its early Indian influences.
Full-colour exhibition catalogues may be purchased for 2.50 to include post and packing.  Please contact us at for details


The Costume and Textile Study Centre of Norfolk Museums Service, at Shirehall, Norwich

has an extensive collection of Norwich Shawls, they welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to view them.












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