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The Cotsen Textile Traces Global Roundtable

Patchwork coat
Patchwork trade cloth robe (detail), Indonesia, 18th century. Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection T-2852. Bruce M. White Photography.


Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. EDT
Thursday, October 22, 1–4 p.m. EDT

To commemorate the donation of the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection and the creation of the new Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center, join us for a two-day roundtable with distinguished textile artists, conservators, and scholars from around the world. Beginning with an introduction to Lloyd Cotsen’s collecting and an overview of the collection and study center, the roundtable will feature five one-hour panels highlighting textiles from five continents, including an Indian robe for Indonesia, a Kuba hat, and Captain Cook’s sample book of tapa cloth. This inaugural roundtable seeks to encourage textile research, facilitate critical discussion, support cultural diversity, and preserve cultural heritage by making direct connections between collection objects and current research and art-making.

Keep reading to see the list of sessions and speakers, or download the complete schedule (PDF).

About the Collection

The Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection represents a lifetime of collecting by business leader and philanthropist Lloyd Cotsen (1929–2017). Comprised of nearly 4,000 fragments from all over the world, the collection offers insights into human creativity from antiquity to the present. Cornerstones of the collection include fragments from Japan, China, pre-Columbian Peru, and 16th- to 18th-century Europe. The entire collection is available online.


Wednesday, October 21

Panel 1: 1011 a.m. EDT
Introducing the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection and Center 
Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer, academic coordinator, Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center
Lyssa Stapleton, curator, Cotsen Collection in Los Angeles
John Wetenhall, director, George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Panel 2: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT
Indian Block-Printing Traditions
Ruth Barnes, curator, Yale University Art Gallery
Ruchira Ghose, former director, National Crafts Museum in New Delhi
Mushtak Khan, former deputy director, National Crafts Museum in New Delhi

Panel 3: 12–1 p.m. EDT
Connecting Fragments: Silk Conservation
Maria Fusco, chief conservator, George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Hélène Dubuis, conservator, Abbeg Stiftung Museum in Riggisberg

Thursday, October 22

Panel 4: 1–2 p.m. EDT
Kuba’s Living Traditions 
Kevin Tervala, curator of African art, Baltimore Museum of Art
Vanessa Drake Moraga, independent scholar and curator
Mireielle Asia Nyembo, artist

Panel 5: 2–3 p.m. EDT
Weaving and Dyeing in South America and Mesoamerica 
Jim Bassler, artist
Elena Phipps, independent scholar
Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg, director, Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca and Museo Textil de Oaxaca

Panel 6: 3–4 p.m. EDT
The Sample Book of Captain Cook and Tapa Cloth Today
Adrienne Kaeppler, curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution
Kamalu de Preez, ethnology assistant collections manager, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu

How to Participate

To join us for the roundtable, please register early to reserve your space. Once you have registered, we will email you links and details for joining each day of the roundtable on Zoom. We will also email registered participants a full program with a detailed schedule, abstracts, and bios.