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Rajha and the Rice

Stories we Love

funded by Awards for All 


Come and Join in


11 am - 1.30 pm

Stratford Library 2 - 3 pm

Little Ilford Baptist Church

Sheringham Avenue E12 5PA


at East Ham Library 11 am - 1 pm


Stratford Library 10 am - 12 (for adults with learning disabilities)

All classes free of charge

Beginners to advanced textile makers

All Welcome 

all classes during term times only


starting soon at all ELTA classes

Romeo and Juliet for All

funded by the National Lottery's

Awards for All

fabric design for Juliet's dress

Fabric design for Juliet's dress

monkey design

To get in touch please click here for contact information

East London Textile Arts (ELTA) is a collective running participatory textile projects in Newham, East London. We work with diverse groups of all abilities on a long term developmental basis building a wide range of skills within communities.

We create striking artworks and sell our cards, decorated papers and printed fabrics at open days and craft shops in East London. We work with adults with learning disabilities, and we collaborate with visiting artists while training unemployed young people. 

​Information about weekly classes can be found here. All are welcome, from beginners to highly skilled.

Tutor Rachael Matthews

Rag School

Join our Rag Rugging group

Meeting Fridays during term times at School 360, 10.30 - 1 pm

Just phone us, and come along,

  all classes are free.

Rags in abundance at the moment and the group now has its own  Manifesto

available on request from

East London Textile Arts

Folded Life

During the autumn term 2021, curator Grant Watson conducted a number of interviews with ELTA members which became part of an on-line exhibition

Folded Life,

Talking Textile Politics

Here can be read interviews about the lives and work of a wide variety of textile artists, curators, and designers.

This research  project was undertaken in partnership with the 

Johann Jacobs Museum, Zürich

Tooth Witch from

Dental Health project 2015

Part of the story of ELTA

that we will be showing for

Newham Heritage Month

Newham Heritage Month

We have just heard that our bid to make a history of East London Textile Arts has been accepted. we will be adding to our oral history of the project as well as involving as many people in thinking about how the rich textile legacies of the borough have inspired their work.

more information about how you can become involved coming soon.

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