Haptic & Hue


Haptic & Hue explores the way in which cloth speaks to us and the impact it has on our lives. It looks at how fabric traditions have grown up and the innovations that underpin its creation. It thinks about the skills that go into making it and the economic and environmental impact of its production.


Haptic & Hue considers how the desire for fabrics, dyes and yarn have developed deep human skills, changed cultures, shaped languages, and built and destroyed empires. It looks at the different light textiles cast on the story of humanity.


Haptic and Hue’s second series of Tales of Textiles is now running. In this season, Jo sets out to explore the way in which cloth expresses our deepest feelings, from sorrow to comfort, from resilience to warmth. Each episode looks at a different feeling and unravels its story in fabric. New gifts are given away with each episode, you can get details of these by signing up for the newsletter on┬áthe Listen page.


Haptic and Hue also has a curated book list – all the best books about textiles and why they matter in one place.


If you haven’t caught up with Haptic and Hue’s first series of podcasts you can find them safely stored on the Listen page of this website. Find out who was the first Black fabric designer of international standing, hear about the women of the 1950s who created a textile revolution. Other episodes feature a maker who has spent 50 years earning her living as a handweaver and a trip to Paris to talk to the woman who has the world’s largest collection of fancy yarns.



Haptic, definition: communicating through touch.

Hue, definition: a colour and its shades.