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Red and blue textile


Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection



Our museum houses one of the world’s most significant textile study collections ever assembled. Nearly 4,000 fragments from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas offer insights into human creativity from antiquity to the present. Cornerstones of the collection are fragments from Japan, China, pre-Columbian Peru, and 16th- to 18th-century Europe. Textile Traces represents a lifetime of collecting by business leader and philanthropist Lloyd Cotsen (1929–2017).



Rainbow textile

Yoshiki Hishinuma and Junichi Arai, Yuragi, Japan, 1994, T-2338

Navy textile with embroidered lotus flowers

Textile fragment, China, Ming dynasty, 15th century, T-2682

Indigo textile patterned with two carp and waves in white

Textile fragment, Japan, late Edo period, 1800–1850, T-0699

Decorated box with lid

Box, England, c. 1650, T-1084a-c

Textile showing frog with teeth

Textile fragment, Peru, south coast, c. 750–900, T-1132

red and blue embroidery with geometric design

Furnishing fragment, Greece, Naxos, 17th–18th century, T-1155

Miniature fringed blanket with geometric motifs

Robe, probably for a doll or an infant, Chilkat style, Alaska or British Columbia, northwest coast, 19th century, T-1798

Painted textile design on paper showing gears and sheaves of grain

Probably S. Nazarevich for the Ivano-Voznesensk
factories, textile design, Moscow, early 20th century, T-2102.068b


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