Hold It: Textiles as Containers

Drawn exclusively from The Textile Museum's collections, Hold It celebrated the use of textiles as containers. While containers perform the practical functions of holding, carrying, and covering everyday items, they can also be objects of creativity, made with a designing and purposeful eye. In comparison to rigid materials such as clay, wood, or glass, containers made from fabric are closely related to that which they contain; the form of a textile container is seldom fully realized until it is in use. The objects in the exhibition demonstrate the flexible and artistic nature of textile containers and shed light on the various cultures that use them.