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Drawn from the Whitworth's collection, textiles are brought together from Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Yemen.

At the heart of the exhibition is a section of Kiswa cloth. The Kiswa covers the Ka’bah – the building at the centre of Islam's most important mosque – and is replaced each year during Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

Positioned in the direction of Mecca, the Kiswa section is visible from the very front of the Whitworth, drawing visitors in. Surrounding it are burnished indigo, silk embroidered robes, tent hangings and Dervish hats stitched with script.

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Daily, 10am - 5pm (Thu until 9pm)

Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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