Professional bodies, networks and associations



The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
The objectives of the Association are the preservation and improvement of the craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing for the benefit of the public and the promotion of public education in such craftsmanship.
The British Tapestry Group
Promoting the development of woven tapestry.
The Crafts Council
Supports crafts people in the UK and has professional development initiatives
Support selected new textile graduates.
European Textile Institute
A European organisation for textile designers and artists.
Heritage Crafts Association

The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.”
The Society of Designer Craftsmen

The society promotes and supports the work of creative thinkers, designers and makers who continue to innovate in the crafts through their exploration of materials and skills.
The Textile Institute
Organisation for Textile professionals and students. Qualifications awarded by the Textile Institute can be applied for which are internationally recognised.
The Textile Network
Resource site for graduates.
The UK Fashion and Textile Association
This website links you to business advice and resources.
Weave tech
A group of professional weavers who share information, USA and UK.
The Weaving Group
Professional weaving group. Many weaving mills are members.
The Worshipful Company of Weavers
“The Worshipful Company of Weavers, first recorded in the early 12th Century, today fulfils a significant role in the modern textile industry. Although it no longer controls “the art and mystery of weaving”, it makes a major contribution to textile weaving through its many awards, scholarships and bursaries, and many of its members are involved in the textile industry”
ref: The Worshipful Company of Weavers website.

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