Haptic & hue


Haptic and Hue explores how 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 its production, and the economic and environmental impact of cloth making.


Haptic & Hue uncovers 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 how textiles cast a different light on the story of humanity, drawing on history, human ingenuity, trade and culture.


Haptic and Hue’s first series of podcasts – Tales of Textiles – has been launched. Find out who was the first Black British textile designer of international standing, look at 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 skilled embroiderers who sit behind the seams of Haute Couture. To hear the podcasts or to sign up to get them directly to your inbox go to the Listen page.



Haptic, definition: communicating through touch.

Hue, definition: a colour and its shades.