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Textiles from along the Silk Road

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

The April meeting of the Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers included a talk by Jim Gaffney, ‘Along the Silk Route – from Khiva to Kashgar‘, about the textiles and textile traditions witnessed by Jim and his wife Diane visiting countries along the historic Silk Road route. Jim and Diane run Textile Traders, selling textiles online and in their store in Bishop’s Castle, South Shropshire. A few examples of textiles Jim displayed during the talk are below.

Embroidery using naturally dyed silk thread from Uzbekistan:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Embroidered costume from Uzbekistan:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Embroidered cover from Urgut, Uzbekistan:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Woven silk from Laos:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Batik silk:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Felted and quilted yurt floor covering from Kyrgyzstan:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk

Embroidered jacket from China:

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers April 2017 Meeting, Textile Traders Talk


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Textile Tasters

The April meeting of the Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers was a textile tasters day, with Guild members sharing and demonstrating their crafts.

Crafts on show included bobbin lace, tatting, Japanese braiding, crochet on a knitting needle, inkle loom weaving, spinning, and button making.

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day

Birmingham & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Textile Tasters Day