Hull Traders was a company started by Shirley Craven in the late 50s, early 60s. Like the Edinburgh Weavers and Allan Walton Textiles before, Hull Traders used artists to create innovative and colourful textile designs. One of the reasons these companies drew upon artists to make their designs was that they lacked the knowledge of the constraints of textile design and created designs liked paintings that were unusual and stood out which was incredibly popular in sixties Britain where colour and bohemia were converted after experiencing many long, drab post war years.