Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Collecting Small Japanese Treasures

Sets of textile fragments


Lloyd Cotsen was an astonishing collector with a wide range of interests. He visited Japan many times, and both historical and contemporary Japanese weavings became a central focus of his collecting. Japanese textile scholar Ann Marie Moeller will use examples from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection, along with other works, to illustrate how Cotsen’s eclectic assemblages mirrored the rich and varied interests of more than a millennium of Japanese textile collectors.

About Ann Marie Moeller

Ann Marie Moeller is a Japanese textile scholar and independent curator who has collected kimono since her student years at Harvard. She has curated numerous exhibitions for the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, as well as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Google Arts & Culture, the International Monetary Fund and the Kennedy Center. She lectures nationally for a wide variety of institutions including the Smithsonian Institution, Asia Society, The Textile Museum, Japan Foundation, Japan Information & Culture Center and Embassy of Japan. 

About the Collection

The Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection represents a lifetime of collecting by business leader and philanthropist Lloyd Cotsen (1929–2017) and is one of the world’s most significant textile study collections ever assembled. The nearly 4,000 fragments offer insights into human creativity around the world and from antiquity to the present. Cornerstones of the collection include fragments from Japan, China, pre-Columbian Peru, and 16th-to 18th-century Europe. 

How to Participate

You can register for this program online. After you register, we will email you a link and instructions for joining our program online via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (11 a.m. EST). When you register, you can also ask to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

About Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Collectors and experts discuss textile topics and display examples from their personal holdings. You are invited to submit related pieces to share during the program. This series is named in honor of late Textile Museum trustee emeritus, Harold M. Keshishian. Browse upcoming programs