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"From ancient artifacts to modern marvels, the world is woven together by the power of material

Background imageMaterial Collection: Bakelite telephone

Bakelite telephone. Dial telephone with bakelite casing. Bakelite, the first plastic to be used for widespread commercial purposes

Background imageMaterial Collection: North America, Mexico, Teotihuacan, souvenir blanket with colorful Aztec calendar design

North America, Mexico, Teotihuacan, souvenir blanket with colorful Aztec calendar design

Background imageMaterial Collection: DNA molecule

DNA molecule, computer artwork. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is composed of two strands twisted into a double helix. Each strand consists of a sugar-phosphate backbone attached to nucleotide bases

Background imageMaterial Collection: Flags of the German Empire

Flags of the German Empire
Illustration of a Flags of the German Empire

Background imageMaterial Collection: The Shop Assistant who Lost his Temper by H. M. Bateman

The Shop Assistant who Lost his Temper by H. M. Bateman
A shop assistant finally loses the plot after bringing out roll upon roll of material for a demanding customer to choose from. 1929

Background imageMaterial Collection: Fabric design, Art Gout Beaute, 1924

Fabric design, Art Gout Beaute, 1924
Fabric design for Moroccan crepe in a multicoloured, Middle Eastern style, Art Gout Beaute, 1924. 1924

Background imageMaterial Collection: UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico

UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico
Irving Newton, Met. Officer at Roswell USAFB, New Mexico, holds debris of a supposed flying saucer found by rancher Mac Brazel, stated by the US Air Force to be a weather balloon

Background imageMaterial Collection: England. London. The Crystal Palace by Joseph Paxton. Great

England. London. The Crystal Palace by Joseph Paxton. Great
The Crystal Palace. Cast-iron and plate-glass building originally erected in Hyde Park, London for Great Exhibition of 1851. Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865). Victoria and Albert Museum

Background imageMaterial Collection: DNA molecule

DNA molecule. Computer artwork of a molecule of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) with the chemical formulas of its components. DNA is composed of two sugar-phosphate backbones (blue)

Background imageMaterial Collection: Ghana, Ashanti Region, Kumasi

Ghana, Ashanti Region, Kumasi. Kente cloth, the traditional fine textile used for robes in Ghana

Background imageMaterial Collection: Byzantine silk textiles dating from 10th century, Treasury of Ste. Foy

Byzantine silk textiles dating from 10th century, Treasury of Ste. Foy, Conques, Midi-Pyrenees, France, Europe

Background imageMaterial Collection: Symmetrically stacked pile of Logs for use as firewood

Symmetrically stacked pile of Logs for use as firewood
HAR-127 Symmetrically stacked pile of Logs for use as firewood Anthony Harrison Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMaterial Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Sash Votes for Women

Suffragette W. S. P. U Sash Votes for Women
Womens Social & Political Union sash, in the colours of purple, white and green. White background with border edging of purple and green, dark green lettering

Background imageMaterial Collection: Lava steam vent glowing at night in the Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Lava steam vent glowing at night in the Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii USA

Background imageMaterial Collection: Nevada Fall, Half Dome and Liberty Cap, Yosemite National Park, California

Nevada Fall, Half Dome and Liberty Cap, Yosemite National Park, California

Background imageMaterial Collection: Little Bear - Chief of the Cree - Montana, USA

Little Bear - Chief of the Cree - Montana, USA
Little Bear - Chief of the Cree Indian Tribe - Montana, USA

Background imageMaterial Collection: Christian Dior sketching a fashion design, 1948

Christian Dior sketching a fashion design, 1948
In 1947 Christian Dior (1905-1957) created a sensational collection labelled the New Look. His designs centred around gowns with an 18 inch waist, which focused attention on the bust and hips

Background imageMaterial Collection: Tartan cloth

Tartan cloth, MacNaughtons Emporium, Pitlochry, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMaterial Collection: Traditional Rabari tribal embroidered fabrics

Traditional Rabari tribal embroidered fabrics, Kutch, Gujarat state, India, Asia

Background imageMaterial Collection: Patchwork quilt

Patchwork quilt, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala, Central America

Background imageMaterial Collection: Welsh Coracle

Welsh Coracle
Welsh coracles are made of wickerwork covered with a watertight material, though fragile they are sturdy and light

Background imageMaterial Collection: London Rag & Bone Men

London Rag & Bone Men
A rag and bone horse and cart and other horse drawn vehicles, about to cross Tower Bridge, London, England

Background imageMaterial Collection: Moroccan Woman of the Mountains

Moroccan Woman of the Mountains
A Moroccan Woman of the Mountains with her young son asleep in a sling made out of the same material as her sarong-style skirt

Background imageMaterial Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Sash Votes for Women

Suffragette W. S. P. U Sash Votes for Women
Sash produced for the Womens Social & Political Union, in the colours of purple, white and green. The sash is made in a heavy woven cotton material with white central panel and borders

Background imageMaterial Collection: Cobblestone walkway at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Cobblestone walkway at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Background imageMaterial Collection: WW2 - Recycling cans to aid war effort in East Ham, London

WW2 - Recycling cans to aid war effort in East Ham, London
WW2 - Recycling tin cans to aid the war effort in East Ham, London - April, 1940. Date: 1940

Background imageMaterial Collection: Advert for Gorringes fashion fabrics 1932

Advert for Gorringes fashion fabrics 1932
Advertisement for Gorringes pattern book containing viyella and visylka dress fabrics. 1932

Background imageMaterial Collection: DNA molecule, artwork

DNA molecule, artwork
DNA molecule. Computer artwork of a double stranded DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) molecule amongst clouds of swirling gas. DNA is composed of two strands twisted into a double helix

Background imageMaterial Collection: Tuscon, Arizona - Indian Blanket Department

Tuscon, Arizona - Indian Blanket Department
USA - Tuscon, Arizona - Indian blanket Department of R. Rasnessens Curio Store

Background imageMaterial Collection: Colourful designs for sale along Jolly Beach, Antigua, Leeward Islands

Colourful designs for sale along Jolly Beach, Antigua, Leeward Islands, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageMaterial Collection: Batiks on line on the beach

Batiks on line on the beach, Turtle Beach, Tobago, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageMaterial Collection: Arabic cushions

Arabic cushions, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageMaterial Collection: Diagram of a Jacquard loom, 1838-1845. Creator: Unknown

Diagram of a Jacquard loom, 1838-1845. Creator: Unknown
Diagram of a Jacquard loom, 1838-1845. French text: Explication de la mecanique a la Jacquard. Bascule ou levier aux fourchettes des quelles est enfilee une chaine fixee elle meme a la caisse de la

Background imageMaterial Collection: Krishna with Gopis on a Riverbank, 1750-1775. Creator: Unknown

Krishna with Gopis on a Riverbank, 1750-1775. Creator: Unknown
Krishna with Gopis on a Riverbank, 1750-1775. The god Krishna places a water pot on the head of Radha, his beloved. Radha is probably also depicted among the other milkmaids at an earlier moment

Background imageMaterial Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Pr. Ministre des Ydoles de Congo, c1797

Costumes de Différents Pays, Pr. Ministre des Ydoles de Congo, c1797. Creators: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Differents Pays, Pr. Ministre des Ydoles de Congo, c1797

Background imageMaterial Collection: The tea boys at Lloyd Loom. 1938

The tea boys at Lloyd Loom. 1938

Background imageMaterial Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, Holly Soldiers

WW2 Christmas Card, Holly Soldiers
A WW2 Christmas card made in a baking parchment material. The illustration shows a marching line of holly leaves with red berries as the heads of soldiers, wearing tin hats and satchels

Background imageMaterial Collection: Marie Loftus music hall dancer and singer 1857-1940

Marie Loftus music hall dancer and singer 1857-1940
Marie Loftus music hall dancer and singer, pantomime star. Reputation for singing risqu songs. Mother of Cissie Loftus, music hall mimic. In costume holding rose

Background imageMaterial Collection: High fashion evening hairstyles with accessories 1912

High fashion evening hairstyles with accessories 1912
French models wearing elegant headdresses. Date: 1912

Background imageMaterial Collection: Marie Curie, caricature

Marie Curie, caricature
Marie Curie. Caricature of the Polish chemist Marie Curie (1867-1934), holding a round bottomed flask. Curie is known for her pioneering early work with radioactivity

Background imageMaterial Collection: Charleston, South Carolina. USA Raw cotton

Charleston, South Carolina. USA Raw cotton
Raw cotton. Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Background imageMaterial Collection: Damp-proofing in a house

Damp-proofing in a house. Impermeable layer of tar-like material (diagonal black line) inserted in the bedding joint between two courses of brickwork in the wall of a house

Background imageMaterial Collection: Terrible accident - Lady ablaze - Figure 1

Terrible accident - Lady ablaze - Figure 1
Figure 1 of 2. Terrible accident - Lady ablaze, her dress has caught fire and she is engulfed by the inferno. This illustration shows that if one is upright

Background imageMaterial Collection: Advert, Rudge-Whitworth Quality Motor Cycles

Advert, Rudge-Whitworth Quality Motor Cycles Date: 1939

Background imageMaterial Collection: Cotton Printing at Merton Abbey Works, c1884. Creator: Unknown

Cotton Printing at Merton Abbey Works, c1884. Creator: Unknown
Cotton Printing at Merton Abbey Works, c1884. Workers hand-printing cotton fabric with woodblocks at Merton Abbey Mills in south London

Background imageMaterial Collection: Hammersmith Carpet Weaving at Merton Abbey Works, . Creator: Unknown

Hammersmith Carpet Weaving at Merton Abbey Works, . Creator: Unknown
Hammersmith Carpet Weaving at Merton Abbey Works, late 19th century. Female weaver at a loom at Merton Abbey Mills in south London

Background imageMaterial Collection: Not Every Bathing Dress Spells a Plunge in the River

Not Every Bathing Dress Spells a Plunge in the River! by Barribal. 1925

Background imageMaterial Collection: Children Battersea Playing on Bobsled; 10 April 1963

Children Battersea Playing on Bobsled; 10 April 1963



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"From ancient artifacts to modern marvels, the world is woven together by the power of material. 🌍✨ In North America, a Bakelite telephone stands as a symbol of communication's evolution over time. 📞 Meanwhile, Mexico's Teotihuacan whispers tales of an ancient civilization through its majestic ruins. A souvenir blanket adorned with a vibrant Aztec calendar design captures the essence of this rich culture. Across the Atlantic in England, Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace showcases architectural brilliance and innovation that continues to inspire generations. The flags of the German Empire fluttered proudly in another era, representing national identity and unity. Artistry takes center stage with fabric designs like Art Gout Beaute from 1924, where creativity intertwines with functionality. On a more mysterious note, Roswell's UFO crash sparks curiosity about extraterrestrial encounters that remain shrouded in secrecy. The DNA molecule unravels life's intricate code while Ghana's Ashanti Region reveals cultural heritage through its traditional textiles in Kumasi. Byzantine silk textiles dating back to the 10th century offer glimpses into history within Ste. Foy’s Treasury. The Suffragette W. S. P. U sash boldly declares "Votes for Women, " reminding us of hard-fought battles for equality and empowerment throughout history. Nature also displays its awe-inspiring beauty; be it Halemaumau Crater’s lava steam vent illuminating Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or Nevada Fall cascading alongside Half Dome and Liberty Cap at Yosemite National Park. Material connects us all – past, present, and future – weaving stories that shape our world.