Young people from Preston are currently working as curators, researchers, designers and stylists to create an amazing new fashion exhibition at the Harris as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad celebrations.
Global Threads is based on a set of historic fabric samples called The Textile Manufactures of India. This 18 volume set was given to Preston in 1866 and it includes 700 fabrics from across South Asia. Many of the textile patterns, materials and techniques found in these books are still in use today. Global Threads brings together historic South Asian textiles with contemporary fashion to reveal that even the latest fashions reflect global textile culture.
We are currently sourcing examples of fashion which reflect the continued influence of South Asian textiles today to include in our exhibition. If you are interested in loaning an example of your work to Global Threads we would love to her from you. Please contact
We are currently building a website that will allow you to search through all 700 fabrics from The Textile Manufactures of India which will be completed shortly. If you would like a CD of all 700 textiles then please contact
The exhibition opens on Saturday 14 May at 12 noon. The launch party will include free art and textile workshops, a DJ, plus styling and photography sessions. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to be included on the mailing list please contact
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 venues across the North West of England taking a fresh and often radical look at the region’s rich textile heritage.
Global Threads Exhibition - Launch Party Saturday 14 May, 12–4pm Join artists, DJs, stylists and fashionistas at the launch event for our new exhibition. Curated and organised by young people from Preston.