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SE Asian Textiles w/ Jim Gaffney & Nima Poovaya-Smith

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join Jim & Nima as they explore how South East Asian textiles tell the story of its people.

During this fascinating talk – hosted by curator, writer and speaker, Nima Poovaya-Smith – we will delve into Jim Gaffney’s 40 years experience of collecting, researching and dealing in hand made textiles from all across Asia.

Throughout the talk, we’ll hear all about Jim’s collection and experiences, as he welcomes us to handle and marvel at the wonderful cloths that tell the stories not only of the supremely skilled individual artisans who made them, but also their culture and traditions.

This talk is suitable for ages 14+.


About Jim Gaffney

Jim Gaffney is an acknowledged expert in Asian textiles – particularly Javanese batik and natural-dyed textiles from South East Asia. His talks at World Textile Days and beyond are always fascinating, bringing you closer to the textiles and the people who make them.

Di and Jim Gaffney are the founders of Textile Traders – specialists in batik and handmade textiles. For 40 years they have been travelling, researching and buying textiles and related artefacts from skilled artisans.


About Nima Poovaya-Smith OBE

In a long and lively career, curator, writer and speaker, Nima Poovaya-Smith has been founder Director, Alchemy until 2019, and previously Senior Keeper, International Arts, Bradford Museums and Galleries; Director of Arts, Arts Council, Yorkshire, and Head of Special Projects; National Media Museum, Bradford. Whatever the role, one constant has been a deep interaction with artists, musicians, writers and dancers.

Nima has written about contemporary art, Indian jewellery, textiles, and curatorial practice. She produced the poems for Phoenix Dance’s Black Waters Heritage, 2019. The Wild Cats’ Compendium, Nima’s first book of poetry, richly illustrated by different artists, was launched in 2022 at Ilkley Literature Festival.

Terms and booking conditions

Talk bookings can be cancelled and refunded up until 7 days before the scheduled start date. We regret that refunds cannot be offered less than 7 days before the talk date. Please note that Eventbrite’s booking fee is non-refundable.

If we need to cancel the talk for any reason your ticket will be fully refunded.



This talk will be held in the Bobbin Room, which has a flat access entrance into the building, and ramp access to the room itself. If you have any additional access needs, please let us know on your booking form so that we can offer assistance on the day.


This event is part of a series of workshops and talks taking place during Sunny Bank Mills’ Threads Textile Festival. Visit our Threads Website to see what else is happening across the weekend!

Book more workshop tickets directly through Eventbrite by visiting our Threads Collection.


June 8
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Sunny Bank Mills Museum and Archive
Water Lane
Farsley, England LS28 5UJ United Kingdom