ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles

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ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles was founded in 1892, and includes textiles and other design material, particularly featuring European and Asian textiles. The collection was established as a research and teaching resource, but has always been available to a wider public. The ULITA collection was relocated to St. Wilfred's Chapel in May 2004.

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Opening hours

Tues - Thurs 09.30 - 16.30, Fri by appt. (during exhibitions)
Mon opening by prior arrangement.
All group and school visits must be booked in advance.

Exhibitions closed over Easter, Summer and Christmas vacations, archive access by prior arrangement.
See website for details.

Admission charges

Free admission

Additional info

Education area equipped with DVD and data projection equipment. Public workstation giving access to interpretive material, and the Clothworkers' Digital Archive.

All Educational sevices are by arrangement.
Large print labels on request.

Cafeteria in adjacent building closes mid afternoon.

World-wide collection of textiles,including over 1,000 pattern books of 19th and 20th century industrially produced printed or woven textile samples from British and other European sources, Qing dynasty silk embroideries and woven tapestries, Kashmir and Paisley shawls, Mediterranean and near East embroideries, hand-block-printed and resist-patterned cottons from Pakistan, Javanese batiks, modern British woven and printed fabrics, fibre and yarn samples. Glass plate photographic slides of textile machinery, and textile design work.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Industry, Science and Technology, Trade and Commerce, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Qing dynasty silk embroideries;
  • Murray donation of Egyptian mummy fabrics;
  • Louisa Pesel Mediterranean embroideries;
  • Marsden collection of fibres and yarns;
  • Sample books from Britain and France;
  • Tibor Reich woven and printed samples;
  • Pakistani cottons;
  • Javanese batiks;
  • Peruvian, Mexican, Malaysian, West African and Polish Textiles
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

World Textiles, Making Textiles, The Ikats of Sawu Island, Downloadable Resources


The resources are for the use of students in schools, Further Education and Higher Education Institutions.
"World Textiles" is an extensive database of textiles from many parts of the world.
"Making Textiles" provides an overview of how fibres are converted into yarns and woven fabrics. "The Ikats of Sawu Island" gives an account of how highly decorative wowen fabrics are produced on this remote island.


  • The University of Leeds

ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles
University of Leeds International Textiles Archive
St. Wilfred's Chapel
Maurice Keyworth Building
Moorland Road
The University of Leeds
West Yorkshire


Website includes an overview of the ULITA collections, staff with contact details, location (downloadable map) and gives access to the Clothworkers' Digital Archive.





Curatorial Officer



General enquiries

0113 3433919


General enquiries

0113 3433704

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