Silk - Bradford and the Sub-Continent
An exhibition focused on the connections between the greater North and Bradford in particular with the subcontinent in relation to silk. Samuel Cunliffe Lister (1815 - 1906), the principal benefactor of Cartwright Hall, refined the production techniques of sumptuous silks from the Punjab and Assam in India. But Bradford’s textile connections with the sub-continent run much deeper than this. The textile students at Bradford Technical College in the 19th and early 20th centuries - as well as the textile industry as a whole - were heavily influenced by Indian design vocabularies and weaving traditions. The emergence of a significant South Asian community in Bradford from the 1940s onwards, largely as industrious and productive textile mill workers, takes on a different kind of continuity in the light of this little discussed history. Items from Bradford Museums International Collection will feature.
Part of the Allegories of Power initiative.
- Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 - Sun, 18 Nov 2012
- Location: Cartwright Hall
- Type: Exhibition