a celebration of silk in sudbury

3rd - 5th September 2021


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A celebration of silk weaving in Sudbury Suffolk

Discover the long tradition of silk weaving in the town that stretches back to the 1780’s. Records show that by 1844 there were four silk manufacturers and 600 silk looms and it is still a thriving industry today with five silk weaving companies, Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, The Humphries Weaving Company, Stephen Walters & Sons, David Walter Fabrics and Vanners Silks. Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company will have the showroom open and both Vanners Silk Weavers and Stephen Walters & Sons will have their silk mill shops opens from 10am to 4pm on the day of the festival.


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What's coming up

Sudbury Silk Festival celebrates the rich history of silk weaving in Sudbury with a day-long programme of exhibitions, talks, silk walks, a silk architectural heritage walk and workshops from Friday 3rd September – Sunday 5th September 2021.

Special talks will include an introduction to silk weaving from one of the silk mills in the town. Subscribe to our mailing list to be kept posted on more exciting activities.

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