18th century shawls on the catwalk

Mary Rudd The Jarrold's Charity Fashion Show at Norwich Castle on November 26 will give guests a rare opportunity to see exquisite Norwich Shawls paraded on the catwalk and the latest autumn fashions from the Norwich store.

Mary Rudd

In the late 18th century Norwich became famous for producing a range of high quality textiles, including impressive shawls, which were woven on hand looms across the city.

As the Industrial Revolution progressed and mechanised looms became more advanced, a number of Norwich textile firms turned to producing shawls based on traditional Indian styles and designs for both the home and export markets. These beautiful shawls were the forerunners of today's pashminas and wraps.

The Jarrold's Charity Fashion Show at Norwich Castle on Wednesday November 26 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm will give guests a rare opportunity to see some of these exquisite colourful Norwich Shawls paraded on the catwalk and the latest autumn fashions from the Norwich store.

Guests will also have the chance to meet artist Susan Gunn and admire her work which will form a stunning backdrop to the show.

Proceeds from the Fashion Show will be shared between The Norfolk & Norwich Costume & Textile Association and the East Anglia Art Fund.

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Tickets which include wine and canapés are £20 each and need to be booked in advance on 01603 660661 or 01603 495897.