Textiles through time

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Discover the history behind our ever changing fashions


As humans, we are intimately involved with textiles. At birth, we are wrapped in cloth; it touches every part of our bodies all our lives, and at death we are once again wrapped in it. From the earliest known fabric – felt made of animal wool – to the sophistication of LYCRA® and micropore fleece, textiles have been made, needed and depended upon by humans – a huge part of our culture which cannot be ignored.

The following activities offer opportunities for children to investigate and increase their understanding of the importance and properties of textiles, and to learn how and why clothing has changed over time.

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