Textile tale archive

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I am collecting textiles that tell stories in and around East London, particularly in Hackney and around the Olympic site in Stratford. I am looking for fabrics that carry stories about people and the community as I believe they will reveal something extraordinary. The stories may come from a favourite t-shirt, dress, hat or scarf, a tablecloth, a handkerchief, a tie or bedding. The fabric can be new, old, found, donated; handmade or bought the story can be big or small. Basically you can put any fabric in the archive as long as you share its history.

Please submit some fabric to the archive along with your story and follow this blog to see what is revealed. I am hoping that all the fabric and peoples stories can be displayed together locally for everyone can enjoy. I look forward to your contributions.

I have always loved sewing and when I was growing up if I lost the needle, I had to get the next one, I was always making something with my hands. I have learnt to sew through different people. I went to a class that was run by the school. A bit of tailoring and I learnt to do things by watching. So I have been sewing now for quite a while. I make costumes, we have a group and we sit, tell stories and dance. So I sew for the ladies and men, we use different colours from the West Indies. This colour is Domican Republic ad St Lucia, but you can’t get the fabric here, I have to get it sent over. We dance a cultural dance, different from here, not reggae, the songs tell stories from the West Indies.

I have always loved sewing and when I was growing up if I lost the needle, I had to get the next one, I was always making something with my hands. I have learnt to sew through different people. I went to a class that was run by the school. A bit of tailoring and I learnt to do things by watching. So I have been sewing now for quite a while. I make costumes, we have a group and we sit, tell stories and dance. So I sew for the ladies and men, we use different colours from the West Indies. This colour is Domican Republic ad St Lucia, but you can’t get the fabric here, I have to get it sent over. We dance a cultural dance, different from here, not reggae, the songs tell stories from the West Indies.

— 2 years ago