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WEFT 2024 A Common Thread

West of England Festival of Textiles, WEFT, is our biennial exhibition
celebrating local and regional artists, makers and businesses inspired by textiles.

This year the theme for WEFT is ‘A Common Thread’ and explores the people behind the textiles through memories and emotions.

But why? Trowbridge was first recorded in 1100s when it was besieged during a civil war. It evolved from a farming settlement and by the 14th
century, it was a centre of the wool industry. In 1540, John Leland said that Trowbridge ‘flourished by drapery’.

As the centuries passed, Trowbridge’s woollen cloth production and
renown grew; this is reflected in our museum, which is heavily
influenced by woven textiles and the West of England woollen cloth trade.
We often look back to the past at how the Industrial Revolution changed our Town, aided by the dominating Mill buildings seen throughout Trowbridge and the machinery in the museum.

But none of this would be here if it wasn’t for the people behind them. The women whose thumbs would split to the bone winding yarn, the children crawling under moving parts to help feed their families or the men tuning the looms to create the innovative designs which kept the industry thriving until the 80’s. We hope to explore this more and tell the untold stories with WEFT; A common thread.

WEFT explores history, industry, and artistry. Undoubtedly, the true
highlight of the exhibition is the stunning array of work produced by
local artists.

The importance of textiles cannot be underestimated. We often take them for granted, but can you imagine a world without them?



• 4th May 24 - 10:00am to

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WEFT 2024 A Common Thread

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