The Donacloney Collection

Inspired by a unique collection of photographic glass plates from a Heritage Lottery funded project “Reviving William Liddell’s Damask Designs” this colourful collection of decorative fabrics, respects the past while firmly placing itself in a contemporary setting. The glass plates were discovered during the dismantling of the Ewart-Liddell factory in Donacloney, County Down. These unique plates document the design and development for Liddell’s damask patterns, representing the labour of a highly skilled workforce of designers, draftsmen and woman and weavers working for the Company during the years 1900’s to 1970’s.

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Ulster University Textile researcher and designer Trish Belford has collaborated with Earthed to create a new collection of bespoke textiles inspired by the past informing the future, recreating in digital technicolour the original designs with fresh hand painted elements, introducing colour to the original tonal designs. Subtle details from the original plates have inspired quirky screen prints and delicate Damask woven cotton laces which together with the striking digital prints offer a variety of charismatic looks from soft and ethereal to rich and bold.

The full archive of plates has been cleaned, digitised and restored and are available to view on the Shuttles and Shafts website


Like to receive a sample before you order?

Colour can vary on natural base cloths between batches. We will always ensure any variances are within commercial tolerance.

Colour on computer monitors can vary greatly so we can not guarantee that colours shown here are truly representative of our fabrics. We strongly recommend visiting one of our selected stockists to view our pattern book.

If you would like a sample sent directly, please contact us with details of the designs and colour ways you are interested in.