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Textiles: Images

Vads: the online resource for visual arts

Vads: the online resource for visual arts

VADS includes a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.

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Forecasting, trend analysis and insight into style, fashion and design; includes one of the largest fashion image libraries, and online workspace and design tools for personal creative development. Register on campus for an account.​

VADS - West Yorkshire textile heritage

The VADS West Yorkshire Textile Heritage Project is a partnership formed by Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield museums to develop a unified approach to presenting the rich history of textiles in West Yorkshire.

Funded by a grant from the Esmee Fairburn fund, the project improved collections documentation and access, created a textile trail leaflet, a website and an online database.

Textiles have been a major industry in West Yorkshire for over 300 years. Companies have specialised in all aspects of textile production from spinning and dyeing to weaving and finishing. This has been supported by engineering-focused industries, including the making of looms, motors and spin dryers, and marketing and trading in textiles.

Material Connexion

Comprehensive information on materials in the Materials Connexion library, including images, detailed material descriptions, usage characteristics, and manufacturer and distributor contact information.