Dress & Textiles

A piece of cotton with a pink printed countryside scene, featuring 2 cows 2 people in old fashioned dress and a tree

Re-framing our Dress and Textile Collection: Everyday cotton

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Vanessa Jones explains how intrinsic slavery was in the production of cotton goods in the final post in our Re-framing the Dress and Textile Collection series.
A blue and purple printed textile with colonial figures

Re-framing our Dress and Textile Collection: A toile

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In the second blog post in our Re-framing the Collection series, Vanessa Jones explains how this historic textile shows the exploitation of African slaves and Native Americans in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

Re-framing our Dress and Textile Collection: Embroidered maps

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Many textile objects that reflect black history are historic pieces. In this blog, curator Vanessa explains why our embroidered maps are so closely linked with the transatlantic slave trade story.
A glove that looks very worn, but has beautiful embroidery on the wrist.

Gloves: Fashion and Meaning

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From social etiquette to fashion statements, swot up on the history of gloves with curator Vanessa Jones, with objects from our Dress and Textiles collection.

Gentleman Jack and 19th Century Sleeves

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Vanessa Jones gives context to the costumes featured in the new BBC One drama, Gentleman Jack.

We want your #LeedsThreads

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We want you to send us your #LeedsThreads for next year's shopping exhibition at Leeds City Museum.
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