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).
Yoshiki Hishinuma and Junichi Arai, Yuragi, 1994, T-2338.
Textile fragment, China, Ming dynasty, 15th century, T-2682.
Textile fragment, Japan, late Edo period, 1800-1850, T-0699.
Box, England, c. 1650, T-1084a-c.
Textile fragment, Peru, south coast, c. 750-900, T-1132.
Furnishing fragment, Greece, Naxos, 17th/18th century, T-1155.
Probably S. Nazarevich for the Ivano-Voznesensk
factories, textile design, Moscow, early 20th century, T-2102.068b.
The entire Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection is available to browse online.