Haptic & Hue


Haptic and 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 its production and the economic and environmental impact of its production.


Haptic & Hue uncovers why 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 the Tales of Textiles, launched on March 4th 2021, with eight brand new podcasts, and an overall introduction to the new series. In this season, Jo sets out to explore the way in which cloth expresses our deepest feelings, from sorrow to joy, from warmth to pain. Each episode will look at a different feeling and unravel its story in fabric, thinking about different cultures and traditions to help us do that. There will also be new gifts to give away with each episode, and you can get details of these by signing up for the newsletter on┬áthe Listen page.


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.