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Sew What?

A display exploring the big questions on sewing and fashion
January 24, 2023 - January 5, 2025


January 24, 2023
January 5, 2025
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Model wearing a cape that is part of the Sew What exhibition

We are all starting to ask more questions about fashion. Where do our clothes come from? How environmentally sustainable are they? Should we be making more and buying less? These questions are not just relevant to our modern society. The history of garment making is one deeply intertwined with British culture, both rural and urban.

In this display in The Nook at The MERL, we’ll be offering insights into the history, whilst opening up the modern issue for community and visitor interpretation. Alongside an exhibition of museum objects and archives, led by sewing machines from the museum’s Barnett Collection, we will have a display of tote bags crafted by Reading College students, and an art piece created by participants of the Colour Visions project. Additionally, visitors will be encouraged to write their own answers to the questions we pose, and these answers will form a part of an ever-evolving display.

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