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Ingrid Anderson

One of New Zealand’s foremost textile designers, Ingrid Anderson’s bold colourful designs can be found in homes and businesses throughout the country. Auckland Museum has recently acquired a small group of textiles produced by Anderson.

Susan Holmes: Fabric Artist

Over four decades award-winning Auckland fabric artist Susan Holmes established a broad repertoire of fabric art skills - documented in the new book Susan Holmes - Fabric Artist by Cerys Dallaway-Davidson. Read an extract on Stenciling here.

The Mulvany Sisters

​Shoppers walking down Darby Street in 1929 might have come upon an interesting sight in a studio window - a woman sitting, busily weaving at a loom. ​

Weddings and war in 1940s New Zealand

Weddings in New Zealand during the Second World War continued the tradition of long white or ivory coloured dresses, often with trains and flowing veils. This was in contrast to Britain for example where clothing was severely rationed.

Paper mulberry: Prized across the Pacific

Paper, clothing, medicine, rope, furniture and food - all have been made from the paper mulberry tree, a Southeast Asian native tree that can now be found across the Pacific.

Tapa of the Pacific

Tapa or barkcloth made from the inner bark of certain trees is one of the most distinctive products of the cultures of the Pacific islands.

Emma Knuckey

It was a long way from post war rural Taranaki to the 'New Look' of Europe's fashion scene but, in 1949, Emma Knuckey left the farm and sailed with her husband to London.

High-flying fashion

Cabin crew uniforms form an important part of a carriers' identity; this is certainly true for our national airlines where they've long played a starring role. ​ ​

Bruce Papas: Advocate of elegance

Forty years before the establishment of New Zealand Fashion Week, 'fashion promotion' meant parades and competitions. In 1961, Aucklander Bruce Papas won the era's top fashion design competition - the inaugural Golden Shears.


Indigo is more than just a colour: it is a natural dye that has had a profound effect on the history of textiles globally.

Zambesi: Edge of darkness

Fashion house Zambesi is rightly considered an iconic New Zealand label. Elisabeth Findlay's designs contain an enormous and continual capacity to surprise and to achieve a level of emotional resonance that is rare in contemporary fashion.

Print and pattern in New Zealand textiles

New Zealand's textile designs provide a fascinating window on our social history. Most were used in practical and fashionable items that have long since been discarded. Fortunately the Museum holds a small historical collection and a growing number of contemporary works.