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, Oceania and the Americas offer insights into human creativity from antiquity to the present. Cornerstones of the collection are fragments from Japan, China, pre-Hispanic Peru and 16th- to 18th-century Europe. The Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection represents a lifetime of collecting by business leader and philanthropist Lloyd Cotsen (1929-2017).



Rainbow textile

Yoshiki Hishinuma and Junichi Arai, Yuragi, 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.

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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The entire Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection is available to browse online.