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Fabric of Life was founded in 2003. Over that time we have met many people, sold many textiles and undertaken textile conservation treatments of 100's of textiles. Here are a few comments from our customers.

I have this a.m. seen the restored School Banner and am so thrilled with the finished result. Thank you so much for your part in helping to prolong the life of this treasure of our Church.
Several of our Guild ladies were present too and they expressed what fine work you have done. Interestingly, the French newspaper you found in the backing, gives credence to the story of the origin of the banner.

Jennie Coleman,
Guild Convenor,
St.Andrew’s Church,
Walkerville SA


Textile Conservation workshops in conjunction with Adelaide City Council 2016

Just a quick note to say a big thank you for the fabulous workshop last week.

Really appreciated your generosity in sharing your expertise Mary, and seeing the diversity of beautiful textiles brought along.

It was wonderful!

Warm regards
Catherine Buddle - designer


Mary Jose, textile conservator at the “Fabric of Life”, returned the
restored verandah chair to Urrbrae House. Mary has done a
magnificent job which was funded by a donation from the Urrbrae
House snooker group led by Richard Wells. The Friends of Urrbrae
House committee has agreed to fund the conservation of the second
verandah chair which is now being undertaken by Mary Jose. Mary
has done some excellent conservation work for the house over the
years, which has included tub chairs in the library and curtains in
the drawing room.
Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide, 2010

Your store is a testimony to beauty and the endeavors of extraordinary artisans around the world. Thank you for bringing so much joy to so many through Fabric of Life. ALW, Perth, WA.


I just wanted to thank you so much for the gorgeous cushion and your lovely personal note when it arrived.
I really value all your beautiful products Mary and appreciate your love of textiles - thank you so much.

Threads Queensland Art Gallery

I'd like to thank you for your valuable contribution to the recent seminar "Threads". It is wonderful to have the opportunity to hear about your experiences working with artists and communities from Ernabella and Gujarat, particularly as many of these artists are represented in the QAG Collections.......It is always a pleaseure to hear from speakers who have engaged directly with communites and who have an obvious passion for their subject.

Ruth McDougall, Queensland Art Gallery


Mortimer Menpes 2 panel screen

We are thrilled to see the improvement in the screens. Many thanks for a great job.
Julie Robinson, Art Gallery of South Australia

Mary they look amazing!
What a wonderful textile piece of art history to bring back to life, and what a story! ....


19th Century Indian painted cloth depicting the life of Krishna

The restored pichwai seems that it wasn't damaged at all. Excellent work. Well Done Mary. Salim Wazir


18th Century Belgian Tapestry

.......but most importantly, thank you very, very much for your wonderful work on the tapestry:
it looks splendid and I am absolutely delighted with it. You have apparently performed miracles.

My friends finally arrived to help uncrate it today - and they too were both amazed by the transformation and enchanted by the restored item.
It will be hung according to your meticulous instructions tomorrow.

Double sided map of Siam,Malaya and Sumatra
The Returned & Services League of Australia,
NSW Branch,Mullumbimby Sub Branch

The map arrived safely, packed like it was ready for trouble along the way. It survived very well. It is now on display in the Mullumbimby Ex services Club. Thank you very much for your work

Crochet Bedspread

Our bedspread arrived safely this morning.
Thank you very much….you have done a fantastic job.
I thought it may have been beyond redemption.!! Liz