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Rabat Curtain, MorrocoFez Panel, Morocco

Looking at Mediterranean Textiles

with curator Frances Pritchard

Sat 5th March 2011

Whitworth Art Gallery



As we climbed the stone staircase with the heavy balustrades, Frances Pritchard, Curator of Textiles at the Whitworth Art Gallery, cautioned us to be quiet on our return journey. The Museum was a hubbub of activity, including a music and poetry session we had to pass through. This is one of my favourite Museums, there is so much going on, so many different exhibitions with such diverse subjects - apart from a main gallery displaying superb Stitched Textiles from around the world, we had fantasy wallpaper murals, breathtaking in size and scale, contrasting with a contemporary presentation of Mary Kelly’s work - Projects, 1973-2010, giving much food for thought.

Our Textile Society objective was to view a display of Mediterranean Textiles set out for us by Frances Pritchard. Initially she had intended to cover the area with items from the prestigious Newberry Collection, but felt that this was too vast a subject, so had concentrated on their Moroccan Textiles. This proved to be a real feast of embroidery and colour.

Images copyright Angela Thompson, of objects in the Whitworth collection.