Museums

USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

From homespun to couture, enjoy works of fabric and fiber.
The MFA's textiles collection was started when Boston was the center of the US textile industry. Today the Museum owns more than 27,000 objects ranging from American needlepoint to European tapestries, Middle Eastern rugs, African kente cloths, and haute couture fashions.

Colonial Williamsburg 

Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Clothing. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Colonial Williamsburg's costumed interpretation. View costumes and accessories and go behind the scenes with the designer, tailors and craftspeople at the Costume Design Center.

The Plimoth Plantation

The Embroider’s story. Recreating a 17th-century embroidered jacket, The Embroiderers' Story chronicles its progress.

The Peabody Essex Museum 

The Emperors Private Paradise Treasures from the Forbidden City.

UK

Britain's Bayeux Tapestry at the Museum of Reading

Here you can read the tale told by the Bayeux Tapestry. The story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066. William's defeat of Harold at the Battle of Hastings ensured the success of the Norman invasion of England...

Scene by scene view of the Tapestry.

The V&A - The Victoria & Albert Museum - Textitles

The national collection of Textiles covers a period of more than 2000 years. It has a broad geographic range with a particular emphasis on Europe. Most techniques are represented, including woven, printed and embroidered textiles, lace, tapestries and carpets. These are classified by technique, countries of origin and dates of production. Particularly rich areas of the collections are the early silks from the Near East, lace, European tapestries and English medieval church embroidery.

The V&A - The Victoria & Albert Museum - Tapestry

Tapestry weaving is an ancient technique. Tapestries for interiors were very popular with the upper classes in the late middle ages. Rich tapestry owners liked large-scale scenes of aristocratic life, such as hunts, or improving biblical stories or allegories. The V&A holds a number of medieval tapestries, including a series depicting hunting and courtly pursuits known collectively as the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries.
16th century Tudor dynasty Jacket

The Parham Museum, Sussex

The many rare and precious collections of paintings, furniture, needlework and antiquities were collected over a period of 60 years by Mr and Mrs Pearson, and subsequently their daughter, Veronica Tritton. Their guiding principle, aside from acquiring some of the original furniture and effects, was to add to the house in a sympathetic, sensitive and inspiring manner.

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