Colorful animal designs embroidered on a red background

 

Selections from the textile museum collection

 

 

Ongoing

Visit the lower-level galleries to explore a rotating selection of global textile art from the museum collections. 


 

 

About the Display

Animals are integral to human culture, and many textiles invoke their power and prestige. This global selection of artworks from The Textile Museum Collection includes textiles decorated with animal imagery, as well as saddle covers and trappings designed to adorn camels, elephants and horses. Highlights include a child's pair of tiger-shaped shoes from China, believed to ward off malevolent forces; an ancient Wari tunic whose intricate figures blend human and animal features; and four exquisite horse and saddle covers from the Brick-Freedman Equestrian Collection that show the importance of horses in four Asian cultures, from Tibet to the Caucasus.

 

About the Collection

The Textile Museum Collection includes more than 21,000 examples of handmade textile art representing five continents and five millennia. You can explore thousands of works on our growing collections website.