Textile archives in museums of the world

1. Collection of fabrics of the Museum of Ivanovo chintz


Dmitry Gennadyevich Burylin was a prominent manufacturer and a respected person in Ivanovo-Voznesensk. From the age of 14, together with his brother Nikolai, he began to manage his grandfather's cotton-printing factory, later he held various public positions, helped the poor, restored churches, and planted linden alleys. He received the title of honorary citizen of the city of Ivanovo-Voznesensk. But the main legacy of Dmitry Burylin is his collection of rarities and antiquities, the basis of which was laid by his grandfather Diodor. Dmitry Gennadievich traveled all over the world and bought coins, smoking pipes, jewelry, icons, playing cards, paintings and engravings. In 1913, he returned from a trip to Egypt with a mummy. At first, the collection was kept in his house (where the chintz museum is located today), and only in 1912–1915 was the museum building built, which could be accessed not only from the street, but also through the underground passage directly from the mansion.


2. All-Russian Museum of Decorative Arts


The collection of artistic textiles and leather includes works created in various techniques, which have many varieties and are distinguished by a variety of performance techniques. The museum's funds contain an extensive collection of artistic textiles, the chronological framework of which covers the period from the 17th century to the present.


3. Museum of Modern Art in New York MoMA.


The third most visited museum in the United States, it is one of the top twenty most visited art museums in the world. One of the main attractions of New York. The museum acquired for its permanent collection the tapestry "Electrification" and 11 graphic examples of textile design created by Anna Alekseevna Andreeva, the largest Soviet textile artist, who worked for a long time as the leading artist of the Moscow silk factory "Red Rose".


4. Museum of the Moscow Kremlin


The collection of artistic textiles (fabrics) has about four thousand exhibits. It includes whole objects of secular and cult purposes, made of various types of patterned fabrics, as well as tapestries, banners and various accessories of secular costume. The chronological framework of the collection covers the period from the 14th to the 20th century.

It is based on various items that decorated numerous state ceremonies and ceremonial royal life in the 16th-17th centuries: royal clothes, various household and interior items, banners, ceremonial horse blankets, garden covers and much more. The best masters of the Kremlin workshops made these things from precious imported fabrics that came to the royal treasury through trade and diplomatic routes.


5. Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland


The Textile Museum of St. Gallen is one of the most important textile collections in Switzerland. Since the foundation of the museum in 1878, the collection has grown to more than 40,000 properties. In addition to machine embroidery, the company has extensive collections of hand embroidery, lace, fabric patterns, printing materials and other textile techniques.

Embedding in Switzerland’s long-standing textile tradition. The unique collections of the Textile Museum are the foundation for international exhibitions and also serve to inspire textile professionals and their latest creations. It is firmly anchored in the Swiss textiles sector which, for several centuries, shaped Switzerland´s economic and social fabric.


6. Museum of Artistic Fabrics of the Moscow State Textile University named after V.I. A.N. Kosygin


The Museum of Artistic Fabrics is a subdivision of the Moscow State Textile University. A.N. Kosygin. The collection contains more than 25,000 items. The permanent exposition presents: Russian artistic textiles, brocade fabrics of the Sapozhnikov factory, a textile library with samples of fabrics from the manufactories of Morozov, Tsindel, Gübner, Baranov, etc.


7. Textile Museum, Prato


The Prato Textile Museum is a tribute to the ancient traditions of this Tuscan city, where weaving was born over 800 years ago. The exhibition features fragments of ancient fabrics (for example, from pre-Columbian Peru), as well as the creations of artists such as Henry Moore and Gio Ponti. Magnificent samples collected in different parts of the world - India, China, Japan, Indonesia. And in the modern section there is a large mantle, which was created in Prato for Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the opening of the Holy Doors for the jubilee year 1999.


8. Murom Historical and Art Museum


The collection of fabrics in the museum has more than 3,300 items. The collection has been formed and formed since the founding of the museum and includes samples of church fabrics and clothes, folk and secular clothes, household fabrics.


9. Museum of the History of Fabric "Living Canvas"


The exposition of the Museum of the History of Fabric "Living Canvas" introduces the history of the first fabrics, the botanical properties of natural materials used for the production of fabrics, their characteristics, types, growing conditions, as well as historical facts about the development of weaving in Rus'.


10. Museum of Artistic Fabrics "Tkatka"


The Textile Museum in Prato is a tribute to the ancient traditions of this Tuscan city, where the weaving craft originated more than 800 years ago. The exhibition presents fragments of ancient fabrics (for example, from pre-Columbian Peru), as well as works by artists such as Henry Moore and Joe Ponti. The samples collected in different parts of the world — India, China, Japan, Indonesia - are magnificent. And in the modern department there is a large mantle, which was created in Prato for Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the opening of the Holy Gates for the jubilee year 1999.


11. The Jakarta Textile Museum


The Textile Museum (Indon. Museum Tekstil) is a museum in Indonesia that displays a collection of textiles from Indonesia. The Textile Museum exhibits many types of traditional Indonesian weaving, such as Javanese batik, Batak ulos, ikat with magnificent patterns and bright colors, which are entirely handmade. It also displays traditional weaving tools and equipment for textile production. The Textile Museum is one of the main attractions of Jakarta. The museum was opened on June 28, 1978 and is located in Jakarta, Indonesia.


12. Textile Museum of Canada


The Textile Museum of Canada, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition, and documentation of textiles. The Textile Museum of Canada was founded as the Canadian Museum of Carpets and Textiles in 1975 by Max Allen and Simon Waegemaekers. Located above an ice cream shop in Mirvish Village the museum's collection was initially based on textiles collected during business trips. The museum relocated to its current location as in 1989.


13. Palazzo Mocenigo (Santa Croce)


The Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo (aka Palazzo Mocenigo di San Stae) is a palazzo near the Church of San Stae, south of the Grand Canal in the sestiere of Santa Croce in Venice, Italy. It is now a museum of fabrics and costumes, run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. The Palazzo Mocenigo was bequeathed to the city of Venice by Alvise Nicolò Mocenigo in 1945.[4] He was the last descendant of the family and intended the palazzo to be used "as a Gallery of Art, to supplement Museo Correr". In 1985, the palazzo was designated as the Museum and Study Centre of the History of Fabrics and Costumes.


14. Muzium Tekstil Negara


Muzium Tekstil Negara membawa anda meneroka kekayaan kepelbagaian dalam masyarakat Malaysia. Muzium ini menjejak aliran dan perkembangan tekstil yang telah mempercirikan dan membentuk gaya hidup masyarakat Malaysia sejak zaman pra-sejarah hingga kini. Pengunjung dapat melawat empat galeri yang mempamerkan koleksi tekstil tersohor, aksesori dan pakaian


15. Textile Museum Sarawak


The museum building was originally built in 1907 as medical center. It was then later housed the Education Department of Sarawak State Government. In August 2000, it was eventually turned into the Textile Museum Sarawak. The museum displays the textiles made by local communities in Sarawak, as well as traditional costumes and accessories. It also showcases the stages of textile manufacturing processes.


16. Textile Museum (George Washington University)


The Textile Museum is a museum of textile art in Washington, D.C. It is part of the combined George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum on the university's main campus in Foggy Bottom. The museum was founded by collector George Hewitt Myers in 1925 and was originally housed in two historic buildings in D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood: the Myers family home, designed by John Russell Pope, and an adjacent building designed by Waddy Wood. It reopened in March 2015 as part of George Washington University.

The museum's mission is to expand public knowledge and appreciation – locally, nationally and internationally – of the artistic merits and cultural importance.


17. Fashion and Textile Museum,UK


The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design. The Museum is committed to presenting varied, creative and engaging exhibitions, alongside an exciting selection of educational courses, talks, events and workshops. In place of a permanent collection is a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

The Fashion and Textile Museum was founded in 2003 by an icon of British design, Dame Zandra Rhodes. Today, the Museum is operated by Newham College – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges.


18. Warner Textile Archive, Braintree, United Kingdom


The Warner Textile Archive is the largest publicly owned collection from a luxury textile manufacturer in the UK. The Archive is housed in the original Warner & Sons mill in Braintree that was refurbished in 2004 to hold the significant collection.

The collection comprises over 100,000 items, including designs on paper, hand woven textiles, printed textiles, business records, photographs and manufacturing equipment. At its height, Warner & Sons were producing fabric for royal weddings and funerals, and decorating palaces. The family business pioneered several textile manufacturing techniques that have never again been replicated.


19. State Historical Museum, Moscow


The Department of Fabrics and Costume was formed in 1922 (originally it was called the Department of Clothing, Fabrics and Personal Jewelry). The collection of the department was formed on the basis of the collections of P. I. Shchukin, N. L. Shabelskaya; later, it included the collections of Rumyantsev, the Military History Museum, the Museum of the 1840s.

Currently, the department's funds include about 400,000 items, which can be divided into the following groups:

  • Fund of fabrics, which includes fabrics of Russian production of the XVII-XXI centuries. (silk, linen, cotton, woolen and synthetic) both in samples and some types of items from them (bed and table linen, patterned weaving shawls, ribbons), as well as fabrics of the 15th–20th centuries brought from Iran, Turkey, China, Italy and France and other countries.
  • Clothing fund, which includes: historical clothing of the 16th–18th centuries, church vestments, Russian folk costume, fashionable urban costume, including headdresses, shoes and accessories: bags, belts, fans, umbrellas, canes of the 19th–20th centuries, military and civilian uniforms of the 18th–20th centuries, costumes of the peoples of the Volga region, the Caucasus, Siberia, the Baltic States, and Central Asia.
  • Fund of works of applied art, including collections of embroidery, a particularly significant part of which are works of facial sewing of the 12th - early 20th centuries; artistic lace of the 17th–20th centuries, carpets and tapestries, items made of leather, beads and Russian carved bone.
  • Banners and pennants of the 18th–20th centuries.
  • Photos of folk and fashionable city costumes, drawings of embroideries and clothing patterns, drawings of patterns, fashion albums.