Exhibitions 2012

Global Threads: Asian Textiles and Fashion Today

Global Threads exhibition photo

14 May 2011 - 30 June 2012

Global Threads is a ground-breaking new fashion exhibition co-curated by young people from Lancashire. It mixes historic South Asian textiles with today’s catwalk, high street and student fashion.

The exhibition is inspired by a beautiful 18-volume set of fabric sample books – The Textile Manufactures of India – given to Preston in 1866. Many of the patterns, materials and techniques found in this collection are still in use today. Young curators have brought together a truly exclectic mix of men’s and women’s wear – from George at Asda to Dries Van Noten – to show how even the latest trentds reflect a global textile culture. You’ll also find photography by Gavin Fernandes and artwork from Shezad Dawood.

Young people have catalogued and photographed all 700 fabric samples in The Textile Manufactures of India. You can explore them on this website: www.tmoi.org.uk


Global Threads is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World, which presents exciting new museum exhibitions across the UK created by young people. The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is one of six museums in the North West taking a fresh and often radical look at the region’s rich textile heritage.


The North West team includes:

  • Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
  • Bolton Museum & Archives Services
  • Lancashire County Museums Service
  • The Gallery of Costume, Manchester
  • The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester 

See the Stories of the World Tumblr blog written by young digital journalists from across the North West who are working on the project.

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