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Haptic & Hue

26 EpisodesProduced by Jo AndrewsWebsite

Textiles have an incredible power to talk to us, if we can hear them. They comfort and console us, create memories, define who we are and what we might believe in. They are a detective story that we can hold. Tales of Textiles, hosted by broadcaster and handweaver, Jo Andrews, are an invitation to e… read more

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What Samplers Tell Us About the Hands That Made Them

January 13th, 2022


Samplers tell stories in stitch, but whose tale are they telling? Perhaps the story of a young woman describing her family and choosing her own patterns and pictures, a child learning her alphabet and numbers by …

Shoddy: The Once and Future King

November 18th, 2021


There’s a way of producing cloth that has been called 200 years of secrecy and lies. It has played a central role in wars, and slavery. It was the …

Lyon: City of Silk

November 4th, 2021


How do textiles shape a city, and how, in turn, does a city and its people shape and change the world of textiles? This episode looks at what the fabrics created in Lyon, in France, tell us about the lives of the people …

African Wax Cloth

October 21st, 2021


African Wax Cloth is having its moment in the sun and it seems to be everywhere, from the catwalks of Paris and New York to the humblest country …

Whole Cloth From The hills

October 7th, 2021


Textiles can tell us different stories – not just those of the rich and powerful – they have the power to take us beyond that and tell us tales of …

Paisley - The Pattern Nomad

September 23rd, 2021


Can something belong to us all – just by virtue of the fact that we are human beings? If anything has a claim to that – it is the Paisley motif, which has woven its way in and out of human history like no other pattern. …

A United Nations of Cloth

September 9th, 2021


In the West of England lies an old house that is a quiet treasure chest of textiles. The man who has built up this astonishing United Nations of …

The Chatter of Cloth - Introduction

September 2nd, 2021


Welcome to the third season of Haptic and Hue’s Tales of Textiles. This series is called The Chatter of Cloth and each of the eight episodes starts with a piece of fabric and tracks its tale. This introduction sets the …

A Feeling of Nostalgia

July 1st, 2021


There is one kind of fabric that produces a powerful sense of nostalgia in many of us, and that’s the very democratic cloth that covers the seats and …

A Feeling of Belonging

June 17th, 2021


Cloth is more than something useful or beautiful, it can also have enormous power. We are surrounded by fabrics of meaning and belonging, fabrics …

A Feeling of Wealth

June 3rd, 2021


Cloth and wealth have gone hand in glove for much of history: where there are textiles there has almost always been money, and often lots of it. The …

A Feeling of Sorrow

May 20th, 2021


How cloth helps us grieve.


Sorrow is a universal human experience – whether it’s for a loved family member, for a way of life that once was, or for …

A Feeling of Warmth

May 6th, 2021


Unravelling the journey that fleece takes from the fells to fabric. This episode tracks how greasy wool bred in the wind and rain of a Lake District …

A Feeling of Resilience

April 22nd, 2021


On the face of it repairing and reinforcing textiles simply prolongs the life of our clothes and helps minimize textile waste, things worth having – …

A Feeling of Transformation - Preparation

April 8th, 2021


Is costume design magic or camouflage? The second part of A Feeling of Transformation, looks at the enormous heart and skill that goes into getting costumes right for screen and stage. Find out how costume designers …

A Feeling of Transformation - Performance

March 25th, 2021


Do clothes conceal us or reveal us? Listen to how actors use clothes to make stories believable. Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer, who have …

A Feeling of Comfort

March 11th, 2021


There is nowhere in the world quite like Gees Bend, Alabama with the story of how its quilt-makers were acclaimed as artists, and their work bought by galleries and museums around the world. Necessity is the mother of …

Introduction Series 2

March 4th, 2021


Why does touch matter so much to us? What is the connection between cloth and our emotions? This new season of Haptic and Hue's Tales of Textiles explores how we express ourselves through cloth, whether it's the comfort …

Majesty and Mannequins

December 10th, 2020


Majesty and Mannequins Episode 7

Catch her out of the corner of your eye as she skitters across the stage of history. She has seen revolutions, war, …

Making Men

November 25th, 2020


Sewing, mending, knitting and all the fibre skills are seen as 'Women's Work' in Western cultures. But why is this? We hear from men who were taught …

Yarn Yarn Yarn

November 12th, 2020


This episode tells the story of the top designer of fabrics to the French fashion industry. It looks at the way in which a modern supplier, competing …

Stitches in Time

October 29th, 2020


The haute couture embroiderers of Paris are amongst Europe’s most celebrated and skilled artisans. This episode looks at the needlewomen who sit behind the seams of the garments we see on the catwalks and in the fashion …

A Weaver's Tale

October 15th, 2020


What does it mean to earn your living as a maker? Can you feed yourself? This episode looks at the renowned hand-weaver, Janet Phillips, who has done just that for more than 50 years. It celebrates her half-century at …

Material Women

October 1st, 2020


The story of the elegant, crisp and artistic textile designs that burst upon the world in the 1950s - the period now known as Mid Century Modern. It looks at the women who created them and in doing so became part of the …

Colour is Mine

September 17th, 2020


Britain’s first black designer of international standing was a magician of colour. The Queen wore her dress fabrics, cruise liners sailed with her …

Introduction to Series One

September 3rd, 2020


History is full of the sound of spindles, the clatter of mills and the reek of dye baths as the knowledge of how to make beautiful fabrics has been …

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