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Strands - The Story of Textiles in South West Scotland

The second of the Future Museum touring exhibitions reaches The Dick this winter. Featuring collection pieces from throughout the region, the exhibition traces the rise and decline of the textile industry. The project has been funded by the Regional Development Challenge Fund and is a partnership between East Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway Council, North & South Ayrshire councils and the independent museums of South West Scotland.

“Strands - the Story of Textiles in South West Scotland” explores the wide range of textile products created within South West Scotland, the processes involved, and touches on how these affected the economy of the area and the people who lived here.

The exhibition displays a range of textiles from fine lacework, dresses, gloves and shawls which might be worn by the more affluent members of society and more common items such as blankets, quilts and work-wear of the time.

Also on display will be the means of creating the textiles such as bobbins, spools and Jacquard Cards the intricate templates from which lace was created.

“Detached” an exciting new work by Emma McClintock, inspired by the Ayrshire Needlework tradition brings the exhibition right up to date.

The exhibition premiered at the Maclaurin Galleries from June until August and will be at The Dick Kilmarnock from 11th December 2007 - 16th February 2008 before continuing on to Dumfries, Stranraer, Annan, Girvan and Saltcoats.