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The Textile Society Antique Textile Fair

Sun 9th March 2008
10 am - 5 pm (Trade 8.30 am)

Armitage Centre, Moseley Rd
Manchester M14 6HE


Stand after stand heaped high with fabulous textiles and garments from all over the world. Racks of vintage and ethnic clothing, silks from the mysterious East, bundles of braids, loops of ribbons, boxes of buttons, silks and satins, embroideries and knitting, along with old household linens from France. Vintage costume hangs alongside kimonos, children’s clothes from across the globe are piled high alongside smocks, hats shoes and bags just waiting to be added to your collection or worn.

Why not join us on 9 March 2008 when the Textile Society holds the amazing Antique Textile fair in Manchester. 130 dealers travel across the country, some from France, and set out their stands in a huge hall that is quickly transformed by the colours and textures of beautiful fabrics. There are specialist booksellers, and conservation experts all gathered in one convenient place for the amateur or professional’s delight.

- Mary Cooper from Harrogate will be there selling antique textiles, lace, costumes & fans .
- John Gillow from Cambridge,with African and Indian textiles
- Barbie Campbell Cole from London, with tribal costumes, textiles & jewellery.
- Meg Andrews from London, with 18th and 19th c costumes, shawls & textiles, including Oriental.
- Ruth Hands from Scotland with fine costumes and textiles.
- Many dealers with vintage dress, trims, accessories.
- Judith Mansfield, Todmorden, Lancs and Black Cat Books with antique and second hand books on costumes & textiles
- The Textile Restoration Studio from Altrincham, Cheshire offering advice and selling conservation products.

Various Guilds have stands at the Fair, The Embroiders Guild have a bookstall. Talk to experienced practitioners from The Quilters and The Lace Guild who demonstrate their skills and talk about their experience.


Throughout the day there are a series of talks:

- Judith Railton will talk about her work as organiser of the 'Healing' Textile exhibition in the grounds of Norton Priory during Easter 2008. the exhibition is a large-scale, multi-stranded international exhibition.
- Melanie Miller from Manchester Metropolitan University will give a presentation on the commercial production of embroidery examining the history of mass-production.
- Kate Horner will give a presentation of her work for her M.A. as she developed her printed and sculpted felt pieces which became the installation, 'Skins'.
- Lynsey Robertson, winner of the Textile Society New Designer's Award will talk about her work, her inspiration and her techniques.

Admission £6 (Trade £10)
Concessions: Full time students, Senior Citizens £4

Incorporating the Societies and Guilds Show, lectures and demonstrations.

For further information or to book a stand contact Margo Singer at textileart@margosinger.co.uk

We are a registered charity and proceeds from the ATF go towards textile student bursaries.