Museum of International Folk Art

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The museum has several quilts from Turkey, France, and India as well as numerous examples from the United States. It also houses quilts collected during the New Mexico Quilt Documentation Project. Amanda.sikarskie 12:01, 16 October 2008 (EDT)

"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.

Textiles and dress and their production and use often represent cultural norms and expectations, especially when they are made at home. But these norms and expectations change over time with education, economic change, and influence from the international media, among others. These changes are then reflected in the objects used and made by people. Changes can be as small as the substitution of buttons for coins as trim or can be as significant as buying machine woven cloth instead of spinning the fiber and weaving it at home. The collection encompasses these changes in culture and material to illustrate how people cope with their changing world and transform their daily lives with things of beauty.

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. All this and more are on display and held in the museum’s textile storage."

source: International Museum of Folk Art, http://www.internationalfolkart.org/collections/coll-textile.html

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