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Dovecot Studios – Edinburgh, Scotland – Dovecot Tapestry Studio continues a century long heritage of collaborating with leading international artists. The Dovecot Foundation was created to ensure the long term future of tapestry weaving in Scotland.
Santa Fe Weaving Gallery – Santa Fe, NM – This gallery is focused on wearable art, clothing and accessories and represents national and international fiber artists. See their site for dates of current trunk shows or events.
Museums & Collections
Fabric Workshop and Museum – Philadelphia, PA – The Fabric Workshop and Museum was founded in 1977 with a visionary purpose: to stimulate experimentation among leading contemporary artists and to share the process of creating works of art with the public. FWM is recognized as an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum, uniquely distinguished as the only institution in the United States devoted to creating work in new materials and new media in collaboration with artists coming from diverse artistic backgrounds—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture.
Fashion Museum Bath – Bath, England – The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world class collection of contemporary and historic dress.
Kent State University Museum – Kent, OH – The Kent State University Museum advances the understanding of world cultures through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting fashion, textiles, and related arts to students, scholars and the general public.
Museo del Tessuto – Prato, Italy – This museum has collections of historic textiles, sacred vestments, embroidered textiles, ethnic textiles and garments, archaeological textiles, sketches and artist’s textiles, contemporary textiles, and special exhibits.
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum – La Conner, WA – The mission of the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum is to present exhibitions and educational programs in all fiber arts that enrich and inspire, honor cultural traditions, and celebrate the creative spirit.
Philadelphia University’s Textile and Costume Collection – Philadelphia, PA – The Textile and Costume Collection at Philadelphia University represents the history of Philadelphia and American textile design over the centuries and much more. With holdings ranging from Coptic textiles of the 1st to 9th centuries and 20th century haute couture, the collection comprises an invaluable research and learning tool for students, scholars, and industry professionals.
Texas Quilt Museum – La Grange, TX – This museum features great quilt art, both traditional and contemporary, from all over the world…for visitors from all over the world.
TextielLab – Tilburg, Netherlands – The TextielLab at the TextielMuseum is a unique knowledge centre, combining a specialised workshop for the manufacture of unique fabrics and an open studio where innovation is central. National and international designers, architects, artists and promising students are guided by product developers and technical experts, and so discover the endless possibilities of yarn, computer-controlled techniques and craftsmanship. The extensive library, museum collection and temporary exhibitions are an important source of information and inspiration for the TextielLab’s clients.
Textile Center Haslach – Haslach, Germany – The association of TEXTILE KULTUR HASLACH was founded in 1991 with the aim of promoting art and culture on a broad basis. The idea was to create an interface between tradition and modernity, art and craft, research and instruction, experiment and practice.
Textile Museum and Museum of Decorative Arts – Lyon, France – The institution consists in two distinct museums although they are administered as one : the Musée des Tissus (Museum of Textiles) and the Musée des arts décoratifs (Decorative Arts Museum).
Textile Museum of Canada – Toronto, Canada -The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Museum’s permanent collection spans nearly 2,000 years and consists of more than 13,000 artifacts. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC has been recognized the world over for innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.
Textile Museum of Sweden – Borås, Sweden – As a result of the rapid decline of the textile industry during the 1960s, some of the residents of the city with an enthusiasm for its textile history decided to preserve the history of the Swedish textile and ready-made clothing industries. Their devotion resulted in the founding of the Textile Museum of Sweden, which was first named Tekomuseet (’the textile and ready-made clothing museum’). For obvious reasons, all of the early exhibits were connected to Borås and the Sjuhärad area. Over the years the collection has grown larger, and now represents a broad geographical area.
Textile Research Center – Leiden, Netherlands – The Textile Research Centre (TRC) was set up in 1991 as an independent foundation. Since 2009 it is housed at Hogewoerd 164, in the centre of historic Leiden, The Netherlands. Here it has the use of an exhibition space, a large depot, offices and workrooms. The basic aim of the TRC is to give the study of textiles, clothing and accessories their proper place in the field of the humanities and social sciences. The TRC does so by providing courses and lectures, carrying out research and by the presentation of textiles and dress from all over the world.
The George Washington University Textile Museum – Washington, D.C. – The Textile Museum was established in 1925 by collector and connoisseur George Hewitt Myers to expand public knowledge and appreciation—locally, nationally, and internationally—of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles through scholarship, exhibitions, and educational programs. Today, its collections of more than 19,000 textiles and related objects represent five millennia and five continents, including cultures from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
The Kyoto Costume Institute – Kyoto, Japan – Clothing is integral to the way that we live, changing with each shift in history and society. Western clothing is the origin of what many of us wear today, and the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) systematically collects and preserves outstanding examples of western clothing through the centuries, as well as the documents and other items related to this area of study.
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology – New York City, NY – The Textile Collection consists of more than 30,000 textiles dating from the fifth century to the present, and includes the work of artists and designers such as Junichi Arai, Salvador Dali, Raoul Dufy, and William Morris. The textile collection includes apparel and home furnishing fabrics, laces, embroideries, quilts, and shawls. The museum has catalogued 100,000 indexed textile swatches and grouped them thematically for visual reference. The collection also includes a number of fabric sample books.
The National Quilt Museum – Paducah, KY – The National Quilt Museum works to advance the art of today’s quilters by bringing it to new and expanding audiences worldwide. We serve the quilting community by providing in-facility and traveling exhibits, youth and adult educational programs, and advocacy efforts.
The University of North Texas Fashion Collection – Denton, TX – The Texas Fashion Collection is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and documentation of historically significant fashion. The collection is an educational resource for students, researchers, and the general public.
White Bluffs Quilt Museum– Richland, WA – established in 2007, the mission of the Museum is to promote textile arts through educational opportunities for children and adults, to preserve historic textile artifacts and to enhance our community by providing a welcoming place where people can share their knowledge and heritage.