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Worldwide Impact of Stroud Cloth
To help tell the story of the worldwide impact of Stroud Cloth the Museum has recently borrowed a pair of Burmese Leggings from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.
Just like today, Stroud district based businesses of the past had a big role to play in the financial and social economy of the world. To help tell this story, the Museum has recently borrowed a pair of Burmese Leggings from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter.
The leggings were made by the Akha people, probably in the early 1900s, who lived in the Thai border region of Burma. Stroud Scarlet woollen cloth has been used in the appliqué* decoration of the leggings and are displayed as they would have been worn around the legs.
The Burmese leggings on display reflect how communities around the world have used European-made woollen cloth in the making and decorating of clothing and other items.
Fern Ryan, Collections Assistant, said 'I'd encourage visitors to see these wonderfully detailed leggings and reflect on the global reach of Stroud cloth'.
From the Middle Ages, British wool was the foundation upon which domestic and foreign trade developed and flourished. Mills in the Stroud valleys produced high quality broadcloths, renowned for their colour, particularly ‘Stroudwater scarlet’. Cloths were imported to America by the Hudson’s Bay Company, which traded with Native Americans in the north of the country from the 1700s. The British East India Company, traded widely in Asia from the late 17th century. The East India Company sustained the Gloucestershire broadcloth industry, as others declined in the late 18th century, in the face of competition from the modern Yorkshire mills.
The indigenous communities trading with the Hudson’s Bay Company and the East India Company adapted the cloth and integrated it into their own traditions of material culture.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the leggings on display.
Photograph shows the leggings during preparation for display.
*appliqué: ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck on to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.
Animation in Stroud
Did you know that Stroud was home to a famous animation studio? It is a story that was left untold, until now.
Tales of Nonsense...
To coincide with the ‘Tales of Nonsense' 2016 Cheltenham Illustration Awards exhibition at the Museum in the Park, a pop up Illustrators' Fair is set to be staged on Saturday 4th March.
Preliminary Design for Stratford Park Leisure Centre
One highlight from our recent acquisitions case is a 1971 booklet showing an artist's impression of the main hall.
Inspired Tales - Storytelling Workshop For Adults
Celebrate this year's National Storytelling Week and try the storyteller's craft for yourself in a Sunday workshop at Stroud's Museum in the Park on 5 February.
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