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A celebration of Silk in Sudbury

A celebration of Silk in Sudbury
Start Date: 7 September 2019
End Date: 7 September 2019


Sudbury is a small market town in Suffolk with a fascinating tradition of silk weaving. Dating back to the late eighteenth century the industry is still very much alive with four silk weaving companies that continue to play a significant role in British silk manufacturing.

Major fashion houses, stately homes and historic palaces use the high-quality silks that they produce, and Sudbury silk has notably adorned royal brides, the singer Adele and Michelle Obama as First Lady.

To celebrate Sudbury’s rich weaving heritage, the town will launch its first annual Silk Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday 7 September, to coincide with Heritage Open Days which sees a rare opportunity to visit buildings that were formerly the cottages and houses of silk weavers and textile merchants.

The festival will feature:

• Exhibitions on the history of silk weaving and Sudbury’s fascinating architecture connected to the silk industry

• A programme of specialist talks from textile conservators and historians

• A talk by Liz Trenow, author of

The Silk Weaver

• Evening lecture from a well-known fashion house

• A chance to meet contemporary textile artists, weavers, spinners and dyers along with the Guild of Weavers,  Spinners and Dyers

• Film that explores Sudbury Silk Stories

• Walking tours

• Demonstrations of spinning and dyeing

• Children’s activities

• a special costume display at Gainsborough’s House.

Join us and discover more about our rich heritage and celebrate Sudbury Silk.

To find out more, please visit www.sudburysilkfestival.org.uk

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