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The Stroud District is world-famous for the production of high quality woollen cloth. This was traded internationally. So were other European-made woollen cloths.
Exeter-based conservator, Morwena Stephens, researched tradecloths from the South West of England. An exhibition in 2006 at the Museum in the Park was based on her work with contributions from the other partner organisations. It looked at:
- Cloth making
Its history, how it was made and its properties.
- The ways in which tradecloth has been used by communities around the world.
The cloth was exported to North America and Asia. It was used to make and decorate clothing and other items.
There is more information about Stroud's cloth industry in Working In Stroud
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