‘Hidden Gems’ fashion exhibition moves to Gawthorpe Hall

Striking materials made this a colourful event

Striking materials made this a colourful event - Credit: Ian Robinson

A fashion exhibition created by women from Burnley’s Asian community has been so successful it will now move to Gawthorpe Hall, home to an internationally renowned collection of textiles.

‘Hidden Gems’ showcases how four artists from the University of Central Lancashire worked with a group of local women from several generations to create a range of contemporary headscarves and hijabs inspired by rare Asian textile samples from the Gawthorpe collection.

The project was led by UCLan’s Amanda Odlin-Bates and Bev Lamey, who helped the artists to re-interpret traditional textile designs into modern scarf designs.

The original exhibition of ‘Hidden Gems’ was hosted by Burnley Mechanics and, thanks to its popularity, the display will be moving to a new location with the support of Lord and Lady Shuttleworth, whose family home was at Gawthorpe. It will run from June 5 to November 3.

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