Stitch Festival



Creative Design & Manufacture (CDM)

Taslima Ahmad

Numan Azmi

Marcin Wozniak


Special thanks to:

Val Jackson

John Lynch

Shabana Baig

Naomi Azmi

Kanwal Hussain

Amina Khan

Shabana Kamal


Taslima and Numan from Creative Design Manufacture developed Stitch Festival at their community textile space in Ardwick – a three-day celebration of the links between South Asian and British textiles, art, music, fashion and food. In the workshops leading up to Stitch Festival, participants learnt textile-making techniques such as kantha, a popular style of embroidery from Bengal, as well as tie-dying, screenprinting and blockprinting. Guests were invited to contribute to a collaborative kantha quilt that was displayed at the final event. Other activities included ‘Strike a Pose’ photography studio where attendees had their photos taken in traditional South Asian clothes, followed by an ‘Express Yourself’ fashion show.

Creative Design & Manufacture (CDM) is a unique facility that offers a creative space where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn textile skills in a new kind of community.

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