STRIKING quilt work is on show in Hartlepool in a new exhibition.
The display called Quintessential Quilts: Textiles from History, is on now at Hartlepool Art Gallery and is proving popular with visitors.
The exhibition is a rare chance to see a selection of quilts on loan from the Quilt Museum, in York, as well as local examples of stunning work.
Nobody knows how quilting began although the oldest known example is an Egyptian quilted garment dating back to 330 BC.
The craft was brought to Europe from the Middle East by the Crusaders in the 11th Century.
And despite declining during the 20th Century the skills were kept alive in North-East and Welsh mining communities.
The exhibition is at Hartlepool Art Gallery, Church Square until Saturday, May 26.
Charlotte Taylor, collections manager with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “With quilts on display from the 19th Century to the modern day, the exhibition is a real treat for the eye and an exploration of our social history as well.
“It’s also heartening to see that the craft is being kept alive through the skills and devotion of modern day enthusiasts.”
The gallery is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10am and 5pm.
Admission is free.