Cathedral's coat of many colours celebrates Gloucestershire's history

A new exhibit at Gloucester Cathedral is showcasing Gloucestershire's rich heritage with a pretty patchwork of intimate stories and visual histories spanning the decades.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Jacqui Grange, creative director of Voices Gloucester, with a 'Costume for Gloucester' in the Lady Chapel at Gloucester Cathedral. Image © Paul Nicholls

A collaborative community stitching project to celebrate Gloucestershire's rich textile history has gone on display at Gloucester Cathedral.

More than 100 stitchers from across Gloucester have pieced together their work to create a 'Costume for Gloucester'.

Designed by local costumier Katie Taylor, it celebrates the city’s diverse people, eclectic history and fascinating stories.

Community stitching groups and individuals have each embroidered a section, offering a patchwork collection of intimate stories and visual histories connected to the city and wider county.

Community artist, Jo Teague, has brought hundreds of contributions together, ranging from impressions of the city from recently arrived refugees, tales from the history books, favourite places, and regional quirks including cheese rolling at Cooper’s Hill.

'Costume for Gloucester' is on display in the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral until Sunday 1 October 2023, alongside a collection of clothing donated by members of the local community — all with unique stories connected to the city.

The Gloucester’s Threads initiative is run by Voices Gloucester in collaboration with Gloucester Cathedral.

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