ALAN JONES ANTIQUE RUGS AND TEXTILES
) Alan Jones welcomes website visitors with the statement ""We specialise in outstanding rugs and textiles from the 19th century and earlier; chosen for their exceptional beauty and condition.""
. Attractive website with excellent-quality textile images.
ALBERTO LEVI GALLERY
) A sophisticated Italian site that ""is dedicated to the appreciation of antique oriental and European carpets and textiles as art.""
ALISTAIR SAMPSON ANTIQUES
ALLAN ARTHUR ORIENTAL RUGS
) Although the specialty is oriental rugs, there are also listing for some Coptic, American and Asian textiles.
) A single-page sub-site of San Francisco Tribal website, Andres’s expertise is broadly explained as follows ""Andres Moraga offers rare textiles and objects from a variety of cultures, with an emphasis on Africa and South America. Early fiber art, bark paintings, ceremonial headdresses, fine basketry and outstanding beadwork are a speciality.""
) One-page contact website of the San Francisco textile dealer, Steve Berger. Steve has been very much involved with Andean textiles for the past 30 years, and is well-known among both collectors and institutions as handling great material. As a result, Steve many years ago garnered the reputation as being one of the world's top dealers of ancient and antique Andean textiles.
ARTHUR LEEPER ASIAN ART
) A British site specializing in pillows of tapestry, needlepoint and beadwork; hangings, needlework pictures, samplers and runners.
CLIVE ROGERS ORIENTAL RUGS
) The website indicates ""Clive Rogers (Oriental Rugs) specialise in tribal and other antique carpets, textiles and works of art from Asia / Near East.""
) In the “who we are” section of this website, it is stated that ""Cocoon was established in 1996 by Seref Ozen and Mustafa Gokhan Demir. Located in the historic Arasta Bazaar, in the shadows of the Blue Mosque of the Sultan Ahmet district of Istanbul, Cocoon specializes in rugs, flatweaves and textiles from Central Asia as well as Persia and Anatolia. Seref Ozen who is considered to be one of the foremost authorities in the world on Central Asian textile.""
) “The gallery” section of the site explains ""As a collector and dealer, the name Cora Ginsburg has been associated with fine and rare costume and antique textiles since the 1940s. Founded in 1971, the company specializes in museum quality antique costume of the 18th and 19th centuries and in European embroideries, silks, and printed textiles of the 17th - 20th centuries. Owner and director Titi Halle has been with the gallery since 1981.""
) The “Gallery Information” page states ""Equator Gallery, based in the heart of New England is a Latin American art gallery catering to the most discerning taste in Antique Aymara Textiles and Fine Art from the region.""
ESTHER FITZGERALD RARE TEXTILES
) This is a good site in terms of textile range, aesthetics, and sophistication. Esther ""handles textiles of exceptional merit, from all cultures, covering a time span of 2000 years and has done so for the past two decades.""
) Textiles from the Miao and Hmong hilltribes of southern China and northern Vietnam
) A world-class gallery in London specializing in tapestries, carpets and textiles. The website declares: ""Franses London is the pre-eminent Gallery in Europe for Antique Tapestries, Antique Carpets and Antique Textiles. Since 1909 FRANCES has been the principal company for those wishing to buy or sell significant works in this field.""
GAIL MARTIN GALLERY
) Visitors to the “About us” read the following ""The Gail Martin Gallery is the only gallery in the United States exhibiting a broad range of ancient, antique and ethnographic textiles along with contemporary fiber art. The gallery is exhibiting historical textiles with emphasis on those from Central Asia, Africa and Pre-Colombian Peru and Indonesia as well as from other areas of the world, along with the work of seven contemporary fiber artists.""
HALIDEN ORIENTAL CARPETS
) This British site specializes in carpets, but also includes a few dozen textiles.
HOWARD & COLEMAN
) ""Iwan Maktabi, founded in 1995, deals in very fine antique oriental carpets and textiles from two well-appointed galleries in Beirut, Lebanon. Our collection offers beautiful and refined antique pieces from all the major weaving areas of the world - Iran (Persia), Turkey (Anatolia), the Caucasus mountains, and Central Asia.""
JAPANESE TEXTILE ART
) This one-page contact site states ""The Textile Art Collection presents extraordinary and rare, antique selections of Japanese textiles that have been carefully cherished and preserved as family heirlooms – some for centuries.""
) This site gives the following introduction: ""Welcome to one of Europe's largest inventories of high quality antique decorative oriental and European carpets, Swedish MMF carpets, tribal rugs, kilims, flatweaves and tapestries. We stock textile art from the 16th century to circa 1940.""
Most of the antique textiles depicted on this site were created in India and Central Asia.
JOANNA BOOTH ANTIQUES
) The “about us” section explains, in part : ""Joanna Booth has been dealing from the same gallery for over 30 years. The gallery specialises in early European Tapestries and Sculpture and Old Master Drawings. We usually carry about a dozen tapestries of all types, some of which appear in the gallery section. Our stock also includes unusual early oak and continental furniture and a selection of early textiles.""
JOHN ESKENAZI LTD
KATHLEEN TAYLOR: THE LOTUS COLLECTION
) In terms of style range and quality of cloth, Kathleen Taylor: The Lotus Collection, hailing from San Francisco, is clearly one of the most important antique textile websites. The intro states ""As the leading source for decorative antique textiles in the United States, we offer high quality antique European European, Asian, and Ethnic textiles including tapestries and other wall hangings, pillows, table covers and general textiles.""
The LENKORAN GALLERY
) The intro to this site states ""Through years of travel we have quietly assembled an exemplary collection of 17th-19th century Caucasian, Anatolian and Persian oriental rugs, kilims and tribal bag faces. We also offer some rare and beautiful antique Scandinavian and Pre-Columbian textiles. Our mission is to share our boundless enthusiasm of these woven treasures with the most discerning private collectors and public institutions.""
) Linda is one of the leading world dealers in oriental textiles. The homepage states ""Her company is known for selling Antique Imperial Chinese robes, such as chaofu, longpao, jifu or dragon robes. Chinese rank badges, Chinese textiles and Chinese shoes, hats and Chinese hat buttons. Her gallery also sells antique textiles, antique costumes and hangings, from Tibetan Chuba to other Tibetan robes and Tibetan textiles many with Buddhist symbols. Also Antique Korean textiles, Antique Korean costume and Korean hats.""
MACAN TIDUR TEXTILES
) The ""Intro"" states ""Established in 1865 Mallett of London and New York is one of the finest and most prestigious antique and fine art dealers in the world.” This is true. A great auction house with strong textile holding, with an emphasis on Western European needlework, stumpwork, embroidery, and crewelwork.""
MARLA MALLETT TEXTILES
) One of the worlds top textile sites. The business can be described in Marla’s own words ""We specialize in antique flat woven tribal Oriental rugs, kilims, and bags, but also handle tapestries, embroideries and other ethnic textile art""
Images and short descriptions of over 1,000 textiles listed, as well as ethnographic photos, articles, and an excellent “links” section. Marla is also one of the world's foremost authorities on textile structure, and has published a well-respected and important book on the subject.
) This site explains the business thusly: ""Maureen Morris is one of the leading established dealers in the United Kingdom specialising in fine quality samplers and English embroidery from the early 16th century to the 19th century.""
) Situated in London, England, and involved in the antique textile trade for several decades, Meg Andrews modesty explains ""I try to buy rare and unusual costumes and textiles of very good quality, from the 17th to mid-20th century.""
ODON WAGNER GALLERY
PAUL HUGHES FINE ARTS
) The textile section consists of perhaps the most impressive dealer display on the web of pre-Columbian textiles from Peru
RENATE HALPERN GALLERIES
RICHARD PURDON ANTIQUE CARPETS and TEXTILES
) The homepage states : ""Established in the United Kingdom since 1959, I am now based in Gocek in South West Turkey. I am continuing to deal in rare and unusual rugs and textiles and in the Spring I shall run short courses on all aspects of carpet studies.""
ROBIN HAYDOCK EARLY AND RARE ANTIQUE TEXTILES
) One of the many English textile dealers, the business is explained on the homepage as follows: ""Robin is one of London's leading sources of early European Textiles & Decorative Antiques. He supplies a high quality range of Tapestries, Embroideries, Needlepoint's, Early Documents, Costume, Vestments, Hand Woven; Silk Velvets, Silk Brocades & Damasks. The emphasis in the collection is towards pre industrial revolution techniques and most of the textiles illustrated are fine examples of hand spun, hand dyed and hand woven pieces.""
) On the “info” page, Alfred states: ""Discover one of the most significant collections in the arts and crafts industry with finds originating from the period before the colonisation of America. You will find elegant, decorative and exceptional carpets, textiles and tapestries in my gallery that are of art-historical and ethnological significance from the classical countries of origin - for connoisseurs, collectors and art enthusiasts. The select collections will be presented to you in a fitting ambience, some of which have been prepared as if for display in museum exhibitions. My collection of pre-Columbian textiles is regarded to be unique""
RUPERT SMITH TEXTILES
) The one-page contact website states ""Rupert Smith Textiles has a rare collection of early Tibetan carpets as well as Khotan and Ningxia rugs""
) ""Your Swiss source for old and antique textiles""
suggests the home-page. Within the site are categories for tribal bags, oriental textiles, Asian Textiles, Precolumbian textiles, Coptic textiles, and laces.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
) The website states that Stephen and Carol Huber are ""America’s pre-eminent source for girlhood embroideries""
) The Tai gallery is co-operated by a very knowledgeable textile expert, Mary Hunt Kahlenberg. The intro states ""The gallery has always specialized in art works that incorporate exquisitely beautiful image and color elements, along with an historical integrity of design- textiles originating from ancient Peru, Africa, and Asia, with a particular emphasis on those from India, Indonesia, and Japan.""
TERESA COLEMAN FINE ARTS LTD
) A small homepage site representing an important Chinese textile dealer. Teresa specializes in embroidered costumes from the Chinese Imperial Court.
) A good site displaying a great variety of antique textiles from Europe, South America and Asia. From Hamid Tavakoli’s introduction: ""The Antique Textiles in this gallery include Chinese silks of the Tang to the Qing dynasties, Pre-Columbian South American textiles, Central Asian Ikat and Suzani, Renaissance and Medieval European objects, Coptic and ancient textiles. Classical Islamic and Persian silks and velvets, as well as ethnographic costumes antique Kashmiry and Persian shawls.""
TEXTILES AS ART
) A handsome site displaying a variety of antique textiles from different parts of the world. From the 'About Me' section of the website: ""Sherryl Sach's expertise in antique textiles originated from her many years of traveling, studying, and developing a specialized collection. This museum quality collection of antique pieces is available at Textiles As Art.""
THOMAS COLE TRIBAL RUGS
) Thomas Cole is one of the acknowledged experts in the field of Central Asian rugs and textiles. He states on his website: ""Specializing in collectible Turkmen, Uzbek, Kirghiz, Baluch and Persian tribal rugs, bagfaces and weavings as well as Central Asian silk embroidery and textile art. Featuring rare historical photographs of Central Asia, interesting articles about various aspects of different groups of rugs as well as entertaining travelogue writing with photographs and accounts of journeys through the Central Asian rug markets
) Thomas Murray is a private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures. He also features Indian printed trade cloths from the 13th-18th Centuries. He has placed objects in more that 30 museums on four continents. A HALI contributing editor for the last 20 years, he serves as their ""in-house"" expert on all ethnographic textiles, with more than 45 publications. He has lectured widely, including most recently ""Ottoman Influences on Islamic Calligraphic Batik from Indonesia"" and ""Li Textiles of Hainan, Seeking the Source of Lost Austronesian Iconography.""
Thomas Murray is Past President of ATADA, The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association.
WILLIAM SIEGAL GALLERIES
) Bill, in his “Gallery Information” department, states: ""William Siegal Galleries, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, specializes in ancient and antique museum-quality textiles and objects from Pre-Columbian, Aymara, Chinese, African and Indonesian cultures. The gallery features the world's largest collection of Pre-Columbian and Aymara textiles of exquisite quality, condition, and beauty, as well as important African and Indonesian textiles.
) A site specializing in antique British furniture, clocks, early embroidery and samplers.
United States and Canada
) ""A site dedicated to collectors and decorators of antique & decorative oriental rugs and textiles""
The rugs and textiles depicted on this well-made site are mostly from Central Asia.
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
) "Beginning in 1974 with a gift from Kate Fowler Merle-Smith, the Allentown Art Museum has amassed one of the best collections of textiles in the United States. This tour offers woven and embroidered textiles from very different cultures in Europe, Asia and Africa all in close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. These exquisite examples are associated with marriage and homemaking."
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY New York, U.S.
AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM Lowell, Mass, U.S.
) "The American Textile History Museum houses one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Its collections contain thousands of books, trade catalogs, business records and personal papers, prints and photographs, a growing costume collection, millions of textiles samples, and hundreds of machines used in textile manufacture. The Museum is an unparalleled resource for the study of textile history in the United States."
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM Tuscon, Arizona, U.S.
) "The Museum has roughly 3550 textiles including approximately 400 Navajo textiles, ranging from the Classic Period (1850-1860) to the 1990s, with heaviest concentrations in the early 20th century. Other Southwestern textiles include Puebloan blankets, mantas, kilts and sashes. A major collection of close to 1,000 textiles from Northwest Mexico-- including Tarahumara, Mayo and Tepehuan-- was deposited at the Museum in the late 1970s. This is the largest collection of its kind anywhere."
The ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Chicago, U.S.
)"The holdings of the Department of Textiles contain more than 13,000 textiles, as well as 66,000 sample swatches, ranging from 300 B.C. to the present. The collection represents Europe, Asia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, North America, and Africa, with selections in Pre-Columbian textiles, European vestments, tapestries, woven silks and velvets, printed fabrics, needlework, and lace. There are a number of choice costume items and accessories and the department has strong holdings in 16th- and 17th-century English needlework, as well as printed and woven materials of the 18th and 19th centuries. American quilts and woven coverlets, Near and Far Eastern textiles, and 20th-century fiber art are represented as well."
ASIAN ART MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, U.S.
)" The Asian Art Museum holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world. Spanning 6,000 years, its scope and breadth enables the museum to provide an introduction to all the major traditions of Asian art and culture. Well-known in the scholarly world, the collection contains rare and exceptional objects which are often referenced in journals and textbooks.
The collection includes more than 14,000 objects ranging from tiny jades to monumental sculptures of stone, bronze, wood and other materials, paintings on screens, hanging scrolls and other formats, porcelains and ceramics, lacquers, textiles, furniture, arms and armor, puppets, and basketry."
BELOIT COLLEGE Beloit, Wisconsin, U.S.
BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Boston, U.S.
) This museum has one of the largest and most important textile collections in the U.S. " The department currently houses more than 27,000 objects, a fraction of which currently can be viewed on the internet. Some of the most remarkable objects in the collection are available on this site: the Museum's samplers, fans, tapestries, a selection of Japanese textiles, and ancient Andean textiles and costumes, as well as many objects which have been included in recent exhibitions. "
The BROOKLYN MUSEUM New York, U.S.
) No textile images at the website, but the museum does have a permanent exhibition of important Paracas, Chilkat blankets and Persian textiles. The museum has one of the finests Coptic collections in the U.S, as well as important pre-Columbian examples and one of the worlds best collections of Russian folk textiles.
BURKE MUSEUM Seattle, U.S.
CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM Cincinnati, U.S.
The CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Cleveland, U.S.
COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM New York, U.S.
) "Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum's Textiles collection contains more than 30,000 pieces representing an extraordinarily wide range of woven and non-woven techniques. Extending from ancient to contemporary examples, the earliest pieces in the collection are from Han Dynasty China (206 BC-AD 221).
The scope of non-woven techniques represented in the collection includes embroidery, knitting, crochet, braiding, knotting, needle and bobbin-made lace, and quilting. Printing and dyeing techniques include plate, block and roller printing, lithography, silk screen, resist dyeing (tie-dye, ikat, batik, stenciled resist), and painted textiles. The full spectrum of weaving techniques is also represented in the collection, from simple plain weave to jacquard and complex drawloom woven pattern.
- woven European silks from the 13th through 18th centuries
- 18th- and early 19th-century French and English printed fabric
- nearly 1,000 embroidered samples
- classic European laces from the 16th and 17th centuries
- a collection of costume accessories, including fans, hats, and bags from the 17th through 19th centuries.
CORNELL COSTUME AND TEXTILE COLLECTION Ithica, N.Y., U.S.
) "The department of Textiles & Apparel maintains the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, which includes more than 9,000 items of apparel dating from the eighteenth century to the present, as well as a substantial collection of ethnographic textiles and costume."
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART Dallas, U.S.
DE YOUNG MUSEUM San Francisco, U.S.
) 11,000 Works, 1,200 Digitized
A remarkable range of geography, tradition and technique is represented in the Museums' textile collection. Highlights include fine fashionable costume from the 18th century to the present, one of the most important collections of European tapestries in the United States, and treasures from the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection, including the most important group of Anatolian kilims outside Turkey and six outstanding Uzbek embroideries."
DENVER ART MUSEUM Denver, U.S.
)+The website has nothing to see with regards to textiles, yet the collection has about 6,000 items "The scope of the Textile Art department ranges from Coptic and pre-Columbian textiles to contemporary works of art in fiber. A nationally recognized collection of American quilts and coverlets, the Julia Wolf Glasser Collection of samplers, and the Charlotte Hill Grant Collection of Chinese Court Costumes are among the strengths of the collection. A gallery on the sixth floor presents changing exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection. Textiles are also incorporated into the Asian and New World galleries."
The DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS Detroit, U.S.
) The website has nothing to see with regards to textile images, but the collection has about 3,000 items. Strengths in this collection are Czech Republic, Italy and Spain.
DREXEL MUSEUM COLLECTION Philadelphia, U.S.
DUMBARTON OAKS Wasington, D.C., U.S.
FASHION INSITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY New York, U.S.
FIELD MUSEUM Chicago, U.S.
) The Field Museum of Natural History does not yet display any of it's textile collection on it's website. However, this museum, under its Anthroplogy Department, has over 10,000 textiles in the collection. An important Coptic collection, as well for the American Indian, Madagascar, China and India.
FOWLER MUSEUM UCLA, Los Angeles,U.S.
) "The Center for the Study of Regional Dress—an endowed research facility composed of offices and a laboratory located within the Fowler Museum—opened on June 6, 1993.The aim of the Center's program is to advance the study of cloth and clothing traditions, past and present, through teaching and research. Students, working with the Fowler Museum's outstanding textile collections, investigate all facets of worldwide indigenous dress: the varying aesthetics of regional clothing, the range of technological solutions to cloth production and decoration, and the role of dress in defining social, religious and political identities."
HEARD MUSEUM Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
)"In 1929, Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard quietly founded the Heard Museum, establishing what has become an internationally recognized center for Native cultures and arts."
HELEN LOUISE ALLEN TEXTILE COLLECTION University of Wisconsin
) "Diversity in time, provenance, and technique characterizes the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Pre-Columbian and Coptic archaeological textiles are among the collection's earliest pieces. Other major holdings include 19th century American and European coverlets, quilts, and needlework, and sub-collection of ethnographic textiles with strengths in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Turkey."
HENRY and HELEN FLYNT AT HISTORIC DEERFIELD Deerfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
) "Twelve of them are open to the public and are filled with early New England furniture, American silver, English ceramics, China Trade porcelain, American and English textiles and needlework, glass, brass, pewter, paintings, and prints. The Historic Deerfield collection of more than fifteen thousand objects was formed largely by Mr. and Mrs. Henry N. Flynt between the mid-1940's and the mid-1960's. The quality of their collection and the speed with which it was accumulated certainly place the Flynts in the front ranks of twentieth-century American collectors."
HONOLULU ACADEMY ACADEMY OF ARTS Honolulu, Hawaii
) "The Academy is Hawaii's only general art museum, and its holdings, almost equally divided between Western and Asian art, are encyclopedic in nature and scope. The Western collections encompass ancient to contemporary times as the holdings range from Cycladic, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works from as early as the third millennium B.C. to American and European arts of the 1990s. The Asian collection is one of the museum's principal strengths and is generally considered to be among the most important assemblages of its kind in American museums. In addition, the traditional arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas are well represented."
HOPE B. MCCORMICK COSTUME CENTER Chicago, U.S.
) "The Hope B. McCormick Costume Center houses an extensive costume collection of more than 50,000 pieces. Paralleling the growth of Chicago, the collection of women's, men's, and children's clothing and accessories is particularly strong in materials from the late 19th century to the present. The earliest pieces, dating from the late 18th century, include suits worn by George Washington and John Adams."
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Houston, U.S.
) "The textiles and costume department also oversees a large collection of historical American works, including quilts, needlework, and clothing, that are housed at the Bayou Bend Collection. In addition, the museum owns superb examples of non-Western textiles and costumes, especially Indian and Indonesian works."
INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART Indianapolis,U.S.
) "Today, the collection comprises about 6,000 items and represents virtually all of the world's traditions in fabric. Major collecting in this area began in 1906 with the purchase of 100 Chinese textiles and costumes.Among the items from Asia now in the collection are textiles and costumes from the Qing, Ming, and Yuan dynasties in China; kimonos and Buddhist robes from Japan; Kashmir shawls and ceremonial furnishings from India; and a large group of textiles from Indonesia. West Asian holdings include rugs and furnishing textiles from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, rugs and kilims from Iran, and Ottoman embroideries from Turkey. In 1996, the IMA received a gift of 65 Baluchi rugs and other weavings, a collection that had been assembled over many years by the late Colonel Jeff W. Boucher. African textile arts are represented by textiles and costumes from throughout sub-Saharan Africa, as well as by rugs, costumes and embroideries from Morocco.
The American and European textile holdings feature silks from the late 16th to 19th centuries, a lace collection spanning 500 years, a large group of 19th-century paisley shawls from England, and many fine Indiana quilts and coverlets. The IMA also has European costumes dating from the 18th to the 20th century."
KOELZ TEXTILE COLLECTION Michigan, U.S.
) The intro states "The Museum possesses a large collection of textiles collected in the early 1930's by Dr. Walter Koelz. The collection contains a wide variety of fine pieces documenting the sophisticated textile arts of South and Central Asia and Iran. Included in the collection are embroidered woollen shawls from Kashmir and the Delhi/Jaipur region, as well as embroidered cotton sheets, turbans and shawls from Amritsar (Punjab), and various garments from Bombay and Kahore."
and textiles as art."
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Los Angeles, U.S.
) "The department of costume and textiles houses an encyclopedic collection of more than fifty thousand objects, representing more than one hundred cultures and two thousand years of human creativity in the textile arts. The collection is almost equally balanced between textiles and dress and is recognized worldwide for its depth and breadth."
MAGNES MEMORIAL MUSEUM Berkeley, California, U.S.
) "The Magnes has the third largest collection of Judaica in the United States. The collection, with more than 8,000 objects, includes Jewish ceremonial silver, textiles, and ritual items objects drawn from communities around the world. Some of the objects date back 300 years.....The Magnes also has many costumes and items of apparel from Jews in India and North Africa, as well as rugs and weavings and other textiles from Kurdistan and the Middle East."
The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART New York, U.S.
)"The Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses one of the finest collections of textiles in the world. Encyclopedic in scope, it includes examples from all of the world's civilizations and from almost every period in history. Among the 35,000 pieces are archaeological fragments, tapestries, carpets, quilts, ecclesiastical vestments, silks, embroideries, laces, velvets, and more, dating from 3000 B.C. to the present."
The MEXICAN MUSEUM San Francisco, U.S.
)"Colonial art in Mexico represents in large measure, European artistic movements of the period -- renaissance, baroque, rococo and neoclassic -- with variations, and symbolizes the historic fusion of many different cultures. Often religious, Mexico's colonial art manifested the syncretic combination of pre-conquest indigenous imagery and ceremony with Spanish Catholicism.
The Museum's Collection is comprised of religious paintings including works on tin (ex-votos, retablos), antique textiles, religious statues and richly carved furnishings."
The MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
) "Containing more than 8,000 objects, the textile collection at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts spans 15 centuries, and represents more than 70 countries. The collection demonstrates the talents of European and Asian court artists as well as the pride and artistic identity of many ethnic groups. The objects represent diverse cultures, from Egyptian Coptic and pre-Columbian Peru to 20th-century Bhutan and Morocco. They show the aesthetic preferences of urban and nomadic artists and also tell stories of amazing technical achievement, from the intricate interlacing of basketry to the sophisticated machine weaving of complex fabrics.
The collection has gained an international reputation for its spectacular individual pieces as well as its impressive holdings of European tapestries, early Italian laces, passementerie, Kashmir shawls, Turkish embroideries, urban and rural North African textiles, and ikat fabrics. The acquisition of the Jack Lenor Larsen company archive in 1999 has broadened the scope of the collection's 20th-century holdings, complementing its already strong collection of contemporary fiber art. Viewed individually or within an exhibition, textiles offer museum visitors the opportunity to experience diversity of expression and to celebrate the world's incredibly rich visual heritage.
MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART Santa Fe, U.S.
) "The museum holds approximately 20,000 textiles and costumes which cross many cultures and curatorial disciplines. It is viewed as one collection because of the special requirements for storage and care and includes clothing, domestic, hats, shoes, jewelry and related items. Primarily made by the people who use them, the pieces date mainly to the 19th and 20th centuries. Household items, ceremonial pieces, everyday and special occasion dress, animal trappings, and sacred and ritual textiles are all represented. The museum holds one of the best collections of Palestinian dress, including jewelry, in the world. Other significant holdings include the largest sampler collection west of the Mississippi, closets of Mexican and Guatemalan dress and textiles, weaving and embroidery of Northern New Mexico, Swedish hand-woven textiles, Czech village dress, and a wealth of embellished textiles and clothing from South Asia. "
MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
) "Building up of the Ethnology Collection began in 1939 with the donation of a small collection of South American materials. Since then the collection has grown to over 3500 objects, with over half of the materials from North and Central America. Objects from South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania are included as well. The Collection spans an approximate 100+ year period, from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. They represent horticultural, pastoral, and hunting-gathering peoples living in semi-arid environments. "
The MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK New York, U.S.
) "As one of the strongest historically-based collections of clothing in this country, the Museum of the City of New York's Costume Collection preserves over 25,000 garments and accessories worn by New Yorkers from the mid-eighteenth century to the present."
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART Washington, D.C.
) " The collection of the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) embraces the diverse artistic expressions found throughout Africa, from ancient to contemporary times. Collection objects range from ceramics, textiles, furniture and tools to masks, figures and musical instruments."
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Washington, D.C.
)There are no textile images online. However, this museum contains one of the largest ethnographic textile collections in the world. "The ethnology collection is comprised of a quarter of a million objects representing 19th, 20th and 21st century cultures from around the globe. Exploring expedition collections document periods of early contact worldwide, while the Bureau of American Ethnology materials represent the results of large scale, systematic collecting as an integral part of in-depth research in Native American communities. While the collection is particularly strong in material from North America, there are significant collections from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Oceania, and South America, including many examples of lost craft forms and artifact types. In addition to supporting scholarly research about the past, the collections are a source of information and inspiration for Native communities reviving cultural practices and craft traditions.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN Suitland, Maryland, U.S.
) "The collections of the former Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, form the cornerstone of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. Assembled at the turn of the twentieth century by wealthy New Yorker George Gustav Heye (1874–1957), the collections are distinguished by thousands of masterworks, including intricate wood and stone carvings and masks from the Northwest Coast of North America; elegantly painted and quilled hides, clothing, and feather bonnets from the North American Plains; pottery and basketry from the southwestern United States; eighteenth-century materials from the Great Lakes region; the C.B. Moore collection from the southeastern United States; and Navajo weavings illustrating a broad range of very early types. Works on paper and canvas include Plains ledger drawings as well as contemporary prints and paintings. The museum's collections also include a substantial array of materials from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central, and South America, including a wide representation of archaeological objects from the Caribbean; ceramics from Costa Rica, central Mexico, and Peru; beautifully carved jade from the Olmec and Maya peoples; textiles and gold from the Andean cultures; and elaborate featherwork from the peoples of Amazonia."
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Columbus, Ohio
) "Textiles in the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection are from both Western and non-Western traditions. The earliest textiles date from the fifteenth century. Pre-Columbian South American textile artifacts woven on a backstrap loom and silk velvet European liturgical textiles span the technology of textile manufacturing at this time. The approximately 1,000 textile examples offer a historical chronology of Western textile design and manufacturing techniques for both dress as well as furnishing fabrics including quilts, coverlets, paisley shawls and Spanish shawls. The Collection also offers many examples of design and manufacturing techniques from cultures around the globe. Especially significant is a collection of over 60 Indonesian ikat textiles from the collection of Fred Richman."
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
) "The Peabody Essex Museum’s collections, 2.4 million works of art, architecture, and culture, are singular among American museums.
Many of the museum’s collections are considered to be among the finest in the nation, yet several have never been publicly displayed at any time since the Museum’s founding in 1799.....Begun with mariners’ donations from India in the early years of the museum’s operation, the Indian collection includes important sculpture, textiles, ceramics, and metalwork. The Himalayan collection contains the nation’s foremost collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Bhutanese textile arts as well as important Tibetan and Nepalese works."
PEABODY MUSEUM Cambridge, U.S.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART Philadelphia, U.S.
) "With initial acquisitions from the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, the Museum began to establish what has become one of the nation's oldest and largest collections of costume and textiles, numbering some 20,000 objects. Gifts from the Exposition included contemporary manufactures such as Swiss embroidery and Indian textiles, while purchases that year from several of Europe's leading antique dealers included historical textiles such as Turkish velvets. The first textiles collections, acquired under the guidance of the predecessor of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, traced the development of textile design and techniques from Egypt, Greece, Persia, Turkey, and India to Europe, with an emphasis on textiles from Italy and Spain."
PHOEBE A HEARST MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY Berkeley, California, U.S.
) "The collections of the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology are vast and diverse. The number of catalogue entries for all the Museum's collection is about 634,000 items. Because numerous entries contain multiple object listings, however, the number of objects in the collections has been estimated to be about 3.8 million.
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Providence, Rhode Isand, U.S.
ROM Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
) "The ROM's collection comprises over 50,000 [textile] artifacts from around the world and across time. Strengths of the collection include a large and important holding of Chinese textiles and costume, 17th-20th centuries, particularly in the area of the Qing dynasty. Part of this collection has been researched and published by John E. Vollmer, In the Presence of the Dragon Throne, (ROM, 1977). In addition, there is a representative collection of textiles and costume from Japan, particularly 19th century folk pieces, as well as artifacts from South and Southeast Asia. The Coptic textiles and costume collection holds over 200 pieces, dating from the 4th century and includes woven tunics, curtains and fragments. The collection of painted and printed European and Indian export textiles from the late 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries is extensive. "
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MUSEUM Redlands, California, U.S.
) "All fibrous materials in the San Bernardino County Museum, such as costumes, textiles, and tools for their manufacture, are part of the Western Textile Center collections. These include artifacts in the Anthropology Division collections (such as baskets and Navajo rugs) and in the History Division collections (such as coverlets, quilts, and spinning wheels). Also included in the History Division area are special textile collections such as the Mary Meigs Atwater collection, Dunning collection, and Kipp collection."
SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
) "At the Museum's inception in 1941, nineteen Chinese robes were given by Mrs. Philip Stewart, and, at the same time, ninety-two Asian stone and wood religious sculptures and ceramic works from the Charles Henry Ludington collection were loaned for permanent display (and later donated). These objects, along with select acquisitions made by Ina T. Campbell in the 1940s, formed the nucleus of the Museum's Asian holdings. This collection was further enriched by significant gifts in the past two decades--Kiyochika prints, Chinese textiles and ceramics, jades, Japanese lacquer, and Tibetan art. Today the Asian collection consists of over 2,600 objects in a variety of media, and spans a period of 4,000 years from diverse Asian cultures--China, Japan, India, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. Included are Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, Chinese ceramics dating from the Neolithic (ca. 2,500 BC) to the 19th century, Japanese woodblock prints from the 18th through the early 20th centuries, and over one hundred Chinese Qing dynasty costumes and textiles."
The TEXTILE MUSEUM Washington, D.C., U.S.
) The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. holds one of the world’s great textile collections. The intro informs the visitor"Today the Museum's collections number more than 17,000 objects and span 5,000 years, dating from 3,000 B.C.E. to the present"
The TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA Toronto, Canada
) "The Textile Museum of Canada is one of eight museums of its kind and the only museum in Canada solely dedicated to the collection, exhibition and documentation of textiles from around the world. Visitors to the galleries can experience the traditions, skills and creative processes that make textile arts so engaging. The collection of more than 10,000 pieces represents over 190 countries and regions."
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY Vancouver, Canada
) "MOA houses some 35,000 ethnographic objects, as well as 500,000 archaeological objects in the collection of UBC's Laboratory of Archaeology. The ethnographic materials derive from many parts of the world, including the South Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Permanent exhibits emphasize the First Nations of coastal British Columbia....Closed storage facilities at MOA contain almost 13,000 objects, including 5,000 textiles, 3,500 coins, and 4,400 works on paper (and paper)."
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON MUSEUM OF ART Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
) "According to John Vollmer, textile scholar and former curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, the museum’s collection of robes, mainly Qing dynasty robes from the Imperial court, is one of the most outstanding collections in North America. "
The UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, U.S.
WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART Hartford, Connecticut, U.S
) "The department's far-ranging textile collections include everything from Coptic (ancient Egyptian) fragments to contemporary fiber art. The collections include a five-panel seventeenth-century Psyche tapestry; American quilts; eighteenth-century French silks; Italian velvets; Indian and European shawls; and pieces which represent the more than 100 years of textiles production at Cheney Brothers Mills (Manchester, Connecticut). The department also has a basket collection containing native American and contemporary examples."
WEAVING ART MUSEUM California
) "The Museum has been established to promote increased appreciation for the historic weaving art of indigenous weaving cultures located in the Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent areas known as the Caucasus Mountains and Southwestern Turkmenistan"
ABEGG-STIFFTUNG INSTITUTE Riggisberg, Switzerland
) "The Abegg Foundation collects and undertakes research into historic textiles from the early days to around 1800, primarily regarding pieces from the European and Mediterranean areas. With Werner and Margaret Abegg’s private collection, it also holds important works of applied art, paintings and sculpture. The permanent exhibition takes account of both of these primary concerns and endeavours to show their mutual influences and cross-fertilization through a selection of works of various kinds. The textile fabrics are not shown in isolation but placed in their historic and artistic context. Among the groups of works brought together in the exhibition according to topographic and chronological considerations, the textile wall hangings of late antiquity, pieces from the European Middle Ages and the testimonies of the Silk Road from the early Middle Ages are of major international importance."
BENAKI MUSEUM Athens, Greece
) "The Benaki Museum's collection of Coptic art includes a uniquely rich group of textiles. These fabrics recently received international exposure through the European programme Tissus, when specialists and researchers from all over the world were able to gain access to them following their publication on the Internet."
The BRITISH MUSEUM London, England
) Among the few top museums in the world, the British museum has a textile collection that is strong in that of the Balkans, Greece and Cyprus. These and other textiles in the collection will by the year 2005 enjoy a new section of the museum called the "Clothworker's Centre for World Textiles"
DEUTSCHE TEXTILMUSEUM KREFELD Krefeld, Germany
EMBROIDERER'S GUILD MUSEUM COLLECTION East Molesey, Surrey, England
)"The Embroiderers' Guild museum houses a collection of over 11,000 embroidered objects. The collection is of national significance as a resource of inspiration for artists, and for the study of the material evidence of many cultures.
The embroideries in the collection have been gathered from around the world, and take many forms including costume, furnishings, decorative and non-functional textiles.
A particular strength of the collection is the holding of embroidery worked in Britain from the 16th century to the present day. "
GALLERY OF COSTUME Manchester, England
) "The Gallery of Costume is housed in Platt Hall, an elegant 18th century textile merchant's house. It houses one of the largest collections of clothing and fashion accessories in Britain, containing over 20,000 items.
The collection contains clothes worn by men, women and children from the 17th century to the present day. Many of the clothes represent high fashion of the day. Other, much rarer items represent the basic but equally interesting dress of working people, such as the clogs and shawls of Lancashire weavers. "
GERMAN HISTORICAL MUSEUM Berlin, Germany
KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM Vienna, Austria
MODE MUSEUM Antwerp, Belgium
(www.momu.be/ "The MoMu collection consists largely in an inheritance from the former Textile and Costume Museum: it is a very diverse collection of clothing, lace, embroidery, fabrics and tools for artisanal textile processing, mostly from the Southern Netherlands. The oldest collection pieces date back to the 16th century, but the emphasis is on the 19th century."
MUSEE DE L'HOMME Paris, France
) Part of France's Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Man in Paris is basically an anthropology and ethnology museum, and has a collection of textiles
MUSEE DES TISSUES Lyon, France
) "This collection of textiles is a source of inspiration for contemporary creations. East and West are the two poles of the Museum collections.
Coptic tapestries, Sassanid Persian textiles, Byzantine and Muslim fabrics, Asia Minor carpets reflect the very essence of the history of Oriental civilisations.
Sicily and the Italian Republics played a major role in the origin of silk weaving in Europe, soon followed by the quick development of the French silk production.
MUSEO DEL TESSUTO Prato, Italy
) " The Textile Museum of Prato - springing from a town set that from the Middle Ages keeps alive and continues its vocation for the textile industry - is up to now the first museum entirely dedicated to the textile art and technology. It preserves a textile patrimony of great interest both for the quality and genre of the collections.
Opened in 1975 following a great bequest of the collector Loriano Bertini (more than 600 pieces), its collections have expanded thanks to public and private contributions, gathering altogether a set of more than six thousand samples of fabric from all over the world and datable from the Fifth century DC up to now."
MUSEO DELLA TAPPEZZERIA Bologna, Italy
MUSEO DU QUAI BRANLY France
MUSEUM OF COSTUME Bath,England
) " The collection focuses on fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day. The Museum of Costume was opened in the Bath Assembly Rooms in 1963. It was the creation of Doris Langley Moore, a designer, collector and historian, who gave her famous private collection of costume to the city.
The Museum of Costume now has over 30,000 objects in its collection."
MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY Basel, Switzerland
) " The Museum der Kulturen Basel [Museum of Ethnology] houses one of Europe's largest collections on European and non-European cultural life. The museum's exhibits on the South Seas, Ancient America, Tibet and Bali are world-famous, as are its textiles. The museum was founded in 1849 to provide a home for all the treasures brought to Basel by explorers, travellers and merchants from around the world.....Whether knotted, plaited, woven or embroidered: in the exhibition "Textiles - techniques, design, function", originals and models provide insight into the unbounded inventiveness of textile techniques. Woven fabrics and garments from Iran, India, Nepal and Brazil, from Africa and Oceania constitute the largest collection of non-European textiles in Switzerland. Within the regional collections, textiles are shown as cultural documents to set a focal point of a special kind. Systematic collecting and research since the 1930s has led to broadly based collections of European and non-European textiles. These are accompanied by numerous specialised publications. About 20,000 textiles in the true sense of the word are supplemented by about the same number of textiles in the broader sense (felts, bark fabrics, working tools)."
MUSEUM OF LONDON London,England
) " The costume and textile collection is one of the largest in the country and one of the most comprehensive, including clothing and accessories from the medieval period to the present day. The collection reflects the fact that London has been an important centre of the fashion and clothing industry for over 700 years. It also attempts to reflect the diversity of life in London, recording and collecting the clothing of Londoners from many different backgrounds.
Spitalfields silk brocaded dress worn by Ann Fanshawe in 1752-3, when her father was Lord Mayor of London.
There are two major groups of archaeological textiles: the Baynard's Castle textile finds, numbering about 1230 fragments dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, and an important group of Tudor textiles found on sites in the City of London. The collection also includes an outstanding group of excavated footwear ranging in date from the period of Roman settlement to the late 16th century."
The NATIONAL COSTUME CENTRE OF FINLAND Finland
) "The Center displays national costumes and other traditional clothing of Finland.
The new permanent exhibition of the Museum “Craft: A Touch of Life“ displays, not only Finnish national costumes and ancient costumes, but also the clothing heritage of our national minorities. There are 26 different costumes in the exhibition.
NATIONAL MUSEUM Prague, Czech Republic
) " From the very beginning the collections have been regarded also as a treasury of the most important monuments of the Czech national history. Remarkable parts of the collections are the lapidarium and the collections of ethnography (most numerous items in the collection are folk costumes, embroideries and folk textiles)."
PITTS-RIVER MUSEUM CENTRE FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND TEXTILES Oxford, England
) "The Museum’s reserve collections of costume and textiles are also housed at the Centre. For enquiries about these collections or to arrange a research visit please contact the Collections Department. To find out more about making a research visit, you can also look at Notes for Visiting Researchers.
REAL MONASTERIO DE LAS HUELGAS Burgos, Spain
RIJKSMUSEUM VOLKENKUNDE LEIDEN Leiden, Netherlands
) Indonesian textiles would be a strong point. The museum states"The National Museum of Ethnology maintains a number of world-renowned collections, assembled by a series of illustrious collectors. The history of these collections is closely linked to that of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. King William I (1772-1843) sent learned men overseas to collect material and information for Dutch museums. "
RUSSIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM St Petersburg, Russia
) "The Russian Museum of Ethnography is one of the largest ethnographic museums in the world. Its collections number about half a million exhibits consisting of objects of everyday life, archive materials, drawings, engravings, lithographs and documentary photographs reflecting the traditional cultures of more than 150 peoples of the Eastern Europe, Siberia, the Far East, the Caucasus and Central Asia from 18th-20th centuries."
The STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM St Petersburg, Russia
TEXTILE MUSEUM Terrasa, Spain
) This museum has a surprisingly accessible website, with hundreds of images of the collection scanned and available quickly on-line. This service is available in very few of the world's museums, including those in North America and the rest of Europe. "The CDMT has more than 20,000 pieces representing two thousand years of the world’s textile history. Its collection of Mediterranean fabrics spans pre-industrial times (andalusi, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque pieces) and the industrial era (nineteenth and twentieth-century pieces from the Vallès region and from Catalonia as a whole). It also has pieces from China, India and pre-Columbine America: prints, embroidery, dress (eighteenth to twentieth centuries), liturgical garments (sixteenth to twentieth centuries) and complements (seventeenth to twentieth centuries)."
TEXTILMUSEET Stockholm, Sweden
TEXTILEMUSEUM MAX BERK Heidleberg, Germany
) " During the 1980s, Max Berk decided to enlarge the museum and added a separate building similar to the rectory. The exhibition area now extends to approximately 1100 square meters and includes several different sections. The museum's main attractions include dresses, robes, costumes and ecclesiastical garments, several of which date back to the turn of the 18th century, furthermore several different accessories and a variety of textile goods.
Another section displays precious exhibits from non-European countries, e.g. textile goods from India, batiks from Java, ikats from Bali and finds from tombs located in Peru. Another focal point of the museum is the collection of antique patchwork-quilts from England and the U.S.A., dating from the last two centuries."
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM London, England
VOLKSKUNDEMUSEUM Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Art
) "The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, founded in 1895 and housed since 1917 in the Schönborn Garden Palace in the Josefstadt district of Vienna, displays collections of the traditional folk culture of Austria and its neighbouring countries."
The WHITWORTH ART GALLERY Manchester, England
WORLD MUSEUM LIVERPOOL Liverpool, England
ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM Singapore
)"The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is the first museum in the region to present a broad yet integrated perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilisations."
ASIAN TEXTILE MUSEUM Siem Reap, Cambodia
)"The $2-million museum in Siem Reap, around 320 km from capital Phnom Penh, would be the combined effort of Cambodia, India, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam and is being built on a one-hectare plot near the ancient Angkor Wat monuments.
"This will be one of the biggest hubs of Asian textiles in the world," Pradeep Kumar Kapur, the Indian ambassador to Cambodia"
ASUTOSH MUSEUM OF INDIAN ART Calcutta, India
) "Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, the first public museum in any University in India, was established in 1937. Named after Asutosh Mookerjee, the great educationist, who introduced the study of Indology including Indian art and archaeology at the University level, this Museum stands for preservation, presentation and study of objects of Indian art and antiquity particularly of eastern India. From a humble beginning with only 5 objects, the collections have, within a span of sixty-five years or so, swelled to more than 25,000 items consisting of sculptures, paintings, folk-art objects, textiles, terracottas etc. of extraordinary variety, providing a wide panorama of cultural endeavours of the people throughout the ages."
CALICO TEXTILE MUSEUM Ahmedabad, India
) "The museum’s treasures consist of the finest of fabrics, woven, spun, painted and printed in India over the past five centuries. These marvels of the hand and the heart, collected from all parts of the country, charm the visitor through a variety of kalamkaris, pichhwais, patolas, bandhnis, silks, floorspreads, tent canopies and precious brocades."
CHINA'S TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM Shanghai, China
)"China has a splendid history of weaving techniques and its textiles have been sold every-where in the world," said Du Wenyi, the museum curator and a professor at Donghua. The museum, with more than 250 items on display, opened its doors on Sunday, when Donghua celebrated its 50th anniversary. The items on show include replicas that trace as far back as the Warring States Period (Bc475-BC221). Actual textile artifacts are also displayed, such as embroidery, satin brocade, velvet, silk and linen, all in different patterns from different eras in Chinese history. The displays have explanations in Chinese and English.
"Most of the unearthed pieces were found in Xinjiang, Tibet and some inland areas along the Yellow River, where Chinese civilization was centered in ancient times," Du said. "So hardly anyone living in coastal areas was aware of these traditional textiles." Also on display are traditional clothing, including huge robes and jackets, and capes, aprons, small bags, ribbons and tapestries. Tie-dyed and wax-painted material produced by Chinese ethnic minorities are also show-cased. The museum provides an informative overview of Chinese textiles, Du said."
The CHINESE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY various locations, China
) " The main responsibilities of CNME include rescuing, collecting and conserving the cultural relics of different nationalities in China so as to build it into a collection center of ethnic cultural remains; studying the traditions and histories of all the nationalities in China and exploring the past, the present and the prospect of different nationalities so as to construct the museum into a research center of the histories and cultures of all nationalities in China; holding various shows and conferences on the conventional cultures of each ethnic groups and on specific subject so as to make the museum an exhibition center of national cultures and a base for patriotism education; collecting and storing all kinds of documents, films and other audio-visual materials related to national cultures so as to establish the museum into an information center of all nationalities.
CNME at present has a rich collection of national relics including archaeological excavations, items handed down from ancient times, materials for production and everyday life, dresses and adornments, articles for religious use, and some handicrafts etc."
THE CULTURAL CENTRE OF THE KASTHURI SREENIVASAN TRUST Coimbatore,India
) "The cultural centre consists of an Art Gallery, a textile Museum and an auditorium. The Art Gallery has Indian paintings and sculptures and also has exhibits from Egypt, Japan, Thailand, Nigeria, Burma, Europe, Nepal, etc. The textile museum attempts to give a comprehensive and multi-faceted picture of the development of textiles. The objective of the Cultural Center is not only to provide knowledge regarding the growth of art and textile from a technological as well as aesthetic points of view, but also to make the visitor feel proud about the rich heritage of Indian art and textiles."
CULTURAL MUSEUM OF NATIONALITIES Thai Nguyen city, Vietnam
) "Typical ritual clothes with bright colors and decorative motifs of different ethnic minorities are also exhibited. The unusual costumes of the Tay and Nung ethnic groups used for worshipping their sorcerers are embroidered with lines and designs that supposedly perceive magical sounds."
ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM Ankara, Turkey
)"Displayed are folk attires, ornaments, clogs and shoe examples, local Sivas women's and men's socks, purses, embroideries, embroidered kerchiefs, belts, napkins, bundles, quilts, brides wedding dresses, bridegrooms shaving sets, all good samples of traditional Turkish (Folk) handicraft, collected from every corner of Anatolia."
HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART Hong Kong, China
) "Responsible for the most wide-ranging in scope of the museum's collections, the Chinese Antiquities Section has in its custodianship over 4,000 objects in a wonderfully diverse range of media. With exhibits dating from the Neolithic period to the 20th century, the catalogue comprises ceramics - both Chinese, in particular from Guangdong and for export, and Southeast Asian ceramics - and other works of the decorative arts, including bronze, jade, lacquer, enamel and glassware, carved bamboo, wood, ivory and rhinoceros horn, as well as costumes, textiles and furniture. "
HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY Hong Kong, China
) " The Museum has built up a sizable collection of materials on the local ethnic cultures. It includes farming implements, rural household wares and furniture, fishing gears and junk models, all of which illustrate the traditional life of local villagers and boat-dwellers, as well as their farming and fishing industries in Hong Kong. Besides, a unique collection of traditional local costumes has also been built up, which includes over 5,500 items of rural and urban clothing and accessories worn by people of different ethnic origins, age and social classes from the 19th century to the 1970s. From this magnificent collection, one can learn the life styles of different ethnic groups, such as their living environment, historical development, moral values, customs and beliefs. "
INDIAN MUSEUM Calcutta, India
) "The Art collection of the Indian Museum comprises of miniature paintings, textiles, decorative art objects from Asian countries -- China, Japan, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Java and Kampuchea. Muslin and Jamdani from Dhaka, Baluchari textile of Murshidabad, Phulkari of Punjab, Chamba rumal, Persian carpets, Kanthas of Bengal, ritual robes, wood carving, metal images, ivory, lacquerware, bronze, ornaments; Persian, Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari, Deccani miniature paintings, manuscript illustrations of Western and Eastern India, Bengal school paintings, Nepalese and Tibetan temple banners."
ISLAMIC ART MUSEUM Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
) "The exhibition space of the Islamic Arts Museum differs from most museums as the galleries are housed in a vast open area. The elimination of spatial division permits uninterrupted movement from one exhibition space to the next, inspiring a sense of continuity embodied in the Islamic spirit. The IAMM has two floors of permanent galleries, and two special galleries for temporary exhibitions.... On level 4, the Ceramics & Glass Gallery, Metalwork Gallery, Woodwork Gallery, Arms & Armour Gallery, Jewellery Gallery, and Textiles Gallery; exhibits collections displayed thematically, according to chronology, region or technique of production."
KANEBO MUSEUM OF TEXTILES Japan
) "The process of collection began in the early Showa era, and the museum features worldly precious materials such as Egypt Copt dye weavement and pre-Inca weavements. The museum also displays many Japanese National Treasures from the Nara through to the Edo era, such as dye products, Kimono (Kosode), and Noh (traditional Japanese drama) costumes."
KYOTO NATIONAL MUSEUM Kyoto, Japan
MAHARAJAH SINGH II MUSEUM Jaipur, India
) "The royal costumes are displayed in the first floor of the Mubarak Mahal. The enormous Atamsukh, a beautiful rich Banaras brocade quilted cloak of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I is an object of amazement. The finest examples of Sanganeri print, Tie and Die Lehariya, Pashmina shawls, Mishru(50% silk and 50% wool), 17th and 18th century cloth and fine Daca Muslin are displayed here."
MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
) " This museum was set up in 1968 within the campus of UM with the objective to: build up a collection of art objects from and within the region for research and display. It also includes collections from the Malay Ethnographic Museum, which pertains to Malay culture and civilization. Among the collections are Indian sculptures, chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics, and Islamic coins. The Malay heritage section features woodcarvings, costumes and textiles, weaponry, pottery, basketry, musical instruments, brasswares, handicrafts and items made of bamboo and also indigenious masks. Students and researchers are welcomed to survey and study, the collections found in this museum."
MUSEUM OF KOREAN EMBROIDERY Seoul, South Korea
) " Founder and Director of the Museum of Korean Embroidery in Seoul, Huh Dong-hwa has collected some 3,000 pieces of embroidery and other handicrafts created by women or used in the women's quarters of traditional Korea. While Koreans have always cherished their country's rich cultural legacy, there was a tendency to focus on art and handicrafts born of male culture. Huh was one of the first to recognize the contribution of women to Korea's rich and varied culture. He has spent nearly half his life collecting and researching the treasures now housed at the Museum of Korean Embroidery, which he founded with his own money in 1976.
Huh's collection was shown in Korea's first exhibition of tradition al embroidery at the National Museum in Seoul in 1978. The exhibition was a rousing success and has been followed by more than 30 overseas shows.
The Museum of Korean Embroidery houses more than 1,000 pojagi wrapping cloths, which Huh began collecting in the early 1970s. It also displays several remarkable embroidered screens, one dating from the thirteenth or fourteenth century, embroidered and appliqued curtains, Buddhist embroidery, and personal ornaments, such as belts, tassels and hairpins. "
MUSEUM OF TURKISH AND ISLAMIC ART Bursa, Turkey
) "Built in 1524 by Ibrahim Pasa, the Grand Vizier to Suleyman the Magnificent, this was originally a palace and the grandest private residences in the Ottoman Empire – and one of the few which have survived. Some of it, however, was destroyed and rebuilt in stone to the original designs in 1843.
Now home to the museum, this is considered one of the finest collections of Islamic art in the world, with a superb display of ceramics, metalwork, miniatures, calligraphy and textiles, as well as some of the oldest carpets in the world."
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CHINA Beijing, China
) " NMCH is directed by the policy to introduce to the public a universal and chronological Chinese history and culture, improve understanding across the cultural differences, and facilitate internationally cultural exchanges.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDIA New Delhi, India
) "The collection of Central Asian Antiquities with more than eleven thousand objects from Sinkiang region of Chinese Turkestan, discovered by Sir Aurel Stein during his three expenditions in 1900-1901, 1906-1908 and 1913-1916, is one of the most prestigious and rare collections of its type in the National Museum. These objects were discovered mainly from the Oasis along the ancient trade route popularly known as southern and northern silk roads, opened during the times of Chinese Emperor, Han Wu-ti, around 2nd cent. B.C. The fequent movement of people of different region, faith and culture resulted in the emergence of a composite cultural tradition which is marked by the presence of Hellenistic, Sassanian, Uigurian, Chinese, Tibetan and Indian elements in Central Asian Art, the theme of which is predominently Buddhist. Presently, the selected items on display in two galleries on the first floor include murals, paintings on silk, ramie, paper and wood, terracottas, stuccos, wooden objects, Kharosthi documents, textiles etc. These objects range roughly from the 3rd to 12th century A.D."
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDONESIA Jakarta, Indonesia
) "The Ethnography collection comprises a wide variety of objects that are part of Indonesian daily life as well as exhibits that are used in ceremonies and rituals. Also include in the Ethnography Collection is textile-made objects displayed under the category of Textile Collection. A small number of these objects have been selected to illustrate the many different cultures in the archipelago."
NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM Tapei, Taiwan
RAJA DINKAR KELKAR MUSEUM Poona, Majarashtra, India
) " In the gallery of Textile on the 2nd floor figure mainly the textiles from different parts of the country. While the paithanies from Paithan of Maharashtra with Jari-work and Embroidery impress upon the visitors the richness of style of garments of the olden times, the Rabari garments take him to the prominent folk style in Gujarat, Kutch and Kathiawad."
SARAWAK MUSEUM Kuching, Malaysia
SHANGHAI MUSEUM Shanghai, China
) From a China visitor guide "Gallery of Arts and Crafts by Chinese Minority shows about 600 pieces of work of art, such as dress and personal adornment, dyed and woven embroidery, metal art ware, sculpture, ceramics, bamboo wares used by the minority. Different styles, remarkable color and creative conception embody the pursuit of happier life. All these form an essential part of Chinese tradition in the field of art."
STATE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Bishbek, KYRGYZTAN
) "A particular attraction is the high, airy hall devoted to traditional Kyrgyz embroidery and felt work. Here, the walls are laden with exquisite, unique tushkiis, bashtiyks, shyrdaks and alakiis, painstakingly handmade by skilled local women. A large yurt is decorated with intricate woven tassels, ribbons and colourful wall hangings."
SUZHOU SILK MUSEUM Suzhou, China
) "Silk production in China has a history of 6,000 years. As early as the fifth century B.C., silk was exported to Asia, Europe and Africa along the Old Silk Road, making an outstanding contribution to world civilization. Suzhou has been a silk producer for centuries, and China's first silk museum was built in this ancient city.
Suzhou Silk Museum is multi-functional, and combines exhibits with demonstrations of silk weaving. Exhibits on display in its various exhibition halls reflect the origin, evolution and development of silk production, from primitive times to the Shang, Zhou, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties right through to present day. Among the exhibits are 80 traditional silk looms, 320 fragments of silk from various dynasties, 30 bolts of ancient silk, 350 ancient garments, and a large number of samples of modern silk products."
TAREQ RAJAB MUSEUM Kuwait
) "The Museum has a large collection of folk costumes, embroideries and weavings from the arab/Islamic world.
There is a good collection of Palestinian, Syrian and Jordanian costume and embroideries, dating mainly from the late nineteenth century including some that are mid to late twentieth century, providing it can still be classified as national costume.
The other areas comprise the Ottoman empire, India, Yemen , Arabia and Iran, Turkoman and Uzbek. There are quite a number of varied costumes,weavings and embroideries(Lakai etc) from various groups in Afganistan which include the Hazaras,Lakai work, the Uzbeks etc."
The TEXTILE MUSEUM Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The TEXTILE MUSEUM Thimphu, Bhutan
) " Not long after the opening of the National Textile Museum on June 12, 2001 Bhutanese textiles have reached new heights as one of the most visible traditional crafts and as a distinctly Bhutanese art form.
The textile museum has opened its exhibition on six major themes - warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibres and the royal collection."
TEXTILE MUSEUM Kuching City, Sarawak
) " Authentic local textiles and costumes made by the ethnic community of Sarawak. Examples are the internationally known Iban pua kumbu and Sarawak Malay kain songket."
TEXTILE MUSEUM Jakarta, Indonesia
) " The museum explores the history and production of various traditional fabrics, displaying more than 1,000 objects from all provinces of Indonesia. Some of these date back to the 18th century. "
TILLEKE and GIBBONS TEXTILE COLLECTION Bangkok, Thailand
TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM Tokyo, Japan
TOPKAPI PALACE MUSEUM Istanbul, Turkey
VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY Hanoi, Vietnam
)"The VME is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the traditional cultures of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. Preservation of the unique cultural identities of every ethnic group is considered a priority in a country that is experiencing rapid social and economic change on all fronts. The museum project was initiated in 1986, and opened to the public in 1997. "
VIMANMEK ROYAL MANSION Bangkok, Thailand
)" In 1982, on the auspicious occasion of the Bicentennial Anniversary of Bangkok, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who had discovered that Vimanmek Mansion, with its elaborate architectural style was still intact, asked permission of His Majesty King Rama IX to renovate the Mansion for use as a museum to commemorate King Rama V by displaying his photographs, personal art and handicrafts, and to serve as a showcase of the Thai national heritage for future generations."