The Fabric of Bradford is funded by a Your Heritage grant from Heritage Lottery Fund and is based at Hive in Shipley, West Yorkshire. The project will work with young people, older people, families, people with mental ill health and BME groups. Over the next two years the project will explore the textile dyeing heritage of Bradford with hands-on learning opportunities and workshops that celebrate the city’s rich textile heritage and provide shared learning opportunities.

Over the course of the project Hive will be working in partnership with the Colour Experience (part of the Society of Dyers and Colourists), Bradford Community Environment Project, Bradford Museums and Galleries ,Bradford Textile Archive, and others. A community dye garden where participants can grow and use traditional dye plants will be set up. There will also be opportunities to use hand-dyed fabrics and yarns in workshops and learn traditional textile skills. There will be an emphasis on inter-generational learning and time to share histories and experiences of the textile industry. Contemporary concerns about sustainability will also be addressed by looking at pre-industrial techniques and their relevance to the textile industry today.

The Fabric of Bradford will also produce and educational resource and timeline about the textile dyeing industry, a specimen dye plant library and a group interpretative piece. If you are part of a community based group that might be interested in taking part contact claire@hivebradford.org.uk

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