TEXTILE SOCIETY EVENT
The Textile Society annual collectors’ fair in the North of England.
The Textile Society celebrates Manchester’s heritage as the powerhouse of British textile design and manufacture. The Manchester Antique and Vintage Textile Fair is the hub for all passionate collectors of textiles. It was the first antique fair to specialise entirely in historic textiles, and it has remained a key event in the textiles calendar for an astonishing twenty seven years. From world textiles to mid-century modern, from Art Deco to vintage fashion, the fair is an exciting and abundant source for objects and ideas, wall art or wearables, the beautiful or the kitsch.
Alongside numerous stalls of antique textiles, and displays by guilds, groups and recent graduates, visitors can dip into an extensive programme of talks that run throughout the day.
The Textile Society Manchester Antique and Vintage Textile Fair is not only about the past – it points directly to the future. Each year the fair showcases the work of new creatives shortlisted for the society’s generous student bursaries. The competition attracts applications from every corner of the UK, and awards prizes of up to £1000 to selected BA and MA students who go on to become the future makers and designers of textiles.