One of the best surviving examples of Welsh Folk Art has been loaned to Tŷ Pawb for an exhibition celebrating the famous Wrexham Tailor’s Quilt.

The Tailor’s Tale is an exhibition that brings together artistic responses to the Wrexham Tailor’s Quilt, which was created by James Williams between 1842 and 1852 in Wrexham.

The quilt, which is now housed permanently at St Fagan’s Museum, was loaned to Tŷ Pawb for this exhibition and is a single-layer patchwork coverlet made up of 4,525 individual pieces of woolen cloth.

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The quilt depicts scenes from the Bible such as Adam naming the animals, Cain and Abel, Jonah and the whale, and Noah’s ark. It also features motifs symbolizing Wales, England, Scotland, and Ireland. The Menai Suspension Bridge and Cefn Viaduct are also featured.

Such was the workmanship of the quilt, it was displayed at the Art Treasures Exhibition of North Wales, held in Wrexham in 1876, and the National Eisteddfod in 1933, also held in Wrexham.

The quilt is now widely regarded as one of the best surviving examples of Welsh folk art.

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Adam Jones, who is a Wrexham born and London-based fashion designer, is using his skills as a contemporary tailor and has been commissioned by Tŷ Pawb to recreate a Wrexham Quilt for 2022. Adam’s quilt is exhibited alongside garments from his own collection.

This exhibition was conceived and realised by the grace and drive of Ruth Caswell, the award-winning costumier and fashion designer, lecturer, and enthusiastic supporter of Tŷ Pawb. They have dedicated The Tailor’s Tale to Ruth’s memory.