Upcoming Online Demonstration: Textile Hive

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The Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group would like to invite group members to an upcoming online demonstration of Textile Hive. The online demonstration will be held on Monday, May 2 from 4-5pm (EST) and will be featuring Caleb Sayan and Andrea Aranow.

The demonstration will be held online and can be accessed here: https://join.me/TextileHive.

For more information on this resource, please check out the Textile Hive website.

For more information on membership, please click here.

Exhibition: Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles


What: Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles

Where: Mint Museum RANDOLPH, Charlotte NC

When: Jan 2 2010-Dec 31 2016

“Maya peoples of Guatemala and southeastern Mexico are renowned for their time-honored tradition of magnificent attire. Among the Maya, dress is an outward expression of cultural pride. Dress also conveys one’s place in the world, signaling social identity and geographic origin or current community.

Today’s repertoire of Maya traditional clothing, called traje, developed primarily during the Colonial Period (1521-1821 C.E.) as a forced adoption of European dress. Yet elements of traje reach back more than 2,300 years. Today’s fashions, as adaptations of imposed, foreign modes to indigenous couture, are testimony to Maya perseverance in spite of hundreds of years of colonization, enslavement and genocide.

Maya clothing styles generally are divided along language boundaries. This exhibition features fashions of the Kaqchikel, Ixil, K’iche’, Mam, Tz’utujil, Chuj, Awakatek, Jakaltek and Poqomchi’ from Guatemala, and Tzotzil and Tzeltal from Chiapas, Mexico.”

Can you help? Issues in measuring journal and research impact in fashion

I am the Liaison Librarian for Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and am looking to do some investigation into research and journal impact as it relates to studies in fashion and textiles. I would love to hear from anyone in the US (or elsewhere) who may have undertaken their own projects or research in this area. Some of the specific areas of interest are:

• Journal impact and ranking – what criteria/measurements do fashion and textile researchers use to choose journals (or other avenues) in which to publish their research? We are interested in investigating alternatives to tools such as Scopus, SJR – SCImago Journal & Country Rank and Google Scholar metrics
• What quantitative or qualitative measures do researchers in fashion and textiles use to measure the impact of creative practice? Are there specific issues relating to fashion and textiles creative practice and the more traditional ways of measuring research impact?

My email address is michelle.matheson@rmit.edu.au and welcome any information or comments on these topics.

The Cinema Guild: Fashion Documentaries Source

Based in New York City, The Cinema Guild is a distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films.   They have some fashion documentaries that would probably be useful for most collections:

DRESSING AMERICA:  Tales from the Garment Center

DRESSING AMERICA: tales from the garment center

(Image from Dressing America, 2011.)



Henry Art Gallery Field Trip Report

During this past ARLIS Conference in Seattle, a few of us from the FTC SIG had the pleasure of visiting the Henry Art Gallery. Benjamin Levy, Assistant Curator of Collections and Academic Programs, met us and gave us a brief history of the Henry Gallery itself before turning us over to Judy Sourakli, Curator of Collections for an in-depth introduction to the Costume and Textile Collection. The collection spans a range of cultures including European, Asian, Central American and Middle Eastern, and dates from 1500 BCE to the present. We learned about how the collection was developed, starting with its origins at the University of Washington through to today when decades of careful curation and indexing feed into the Henry’s searchable online database. As an extension of this, The Henry also provides an Embroidery Stitch Identification Guide, a terrific resource for both craftspeople and textile historians.

The background information provided a sense of context for the end of our visit, where we got to look at a few items from the collection in person. It was really exciting to see the attention to detail that went into these pieces, and the care with which they’re being preserved for further scholarship.

Check out a few photos from our visit in the slideshow below.

Thanks to Ben and Judy for their warmth and generosity during our visit!

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Webinar Poll: Textile Hive Demonstration

Good afternoon all!

We would like to take a quick poll to see which day/time works best for the FTC SIG members for an upcoming webinar focused on the database, Textile Hive. Please leave your preference in the comments section below.

May 2nd: 3:30 – 6p.m. EST

May 3rd: 3:30 – 6p.m. EST

May 4th: 12:30 – 4:30p.m. EST

*Update: The webinar should take about an hour. These are the times that we have available to us.

Thank you,

Nicole & Lauren

Textile Exhibitions

There are a couple of textile exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that I wanted to share with everyone. If you have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend them.

Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection

This installation, which explores the cultural importance of silk in China, showcases the most important and unusual textiles from the Museum’s collection. In addition to three rare pieces dating from the Tang dynasty (618–906), when China served as a cultural hub linking Korea and Japan to Central and West Asia, and ultimately to the Mediterranean world, the exhibition also includes eleventh- and twelfth-century tapestries from Central Asia, as well as contemporaneous Chinese examples of this technique.

Spectacular embroideries—including an imperial fourteenth-century canopy decorated with phoenixes and flowers, and a monumental late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century panel showing phoenixes in a garden—are also on view, together with theatrical garments, court costumes, and early examples of badges worn at court to designate rank.

Exhibition Ends: June 19

Description is from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.

The Secret Life of Textiles: Plant Fibers

Fibers are the most important components of a textile. Everything related to the production of a textile—yarns, dyes, weaving, and patterns—begins with and is determined by the type and quality of the fibers. At The Met, the Museum’s comprehensive textile collection, the conservators’ expertise, and state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation come together to make possible a detailed examination of fiber characteristics and technology through a series of three installations that will be focused on plant fibers, animal fibers, and synthetic fibers.

This first installation in the series will reveal the technological transformation and beauty of the most important plant fibers—linen, hemp, ramie, and cotton—used by various cultures around the world in North Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, from the Dynastic period of Egypt to the present day.

Exhibition Ends: July 31

Description is from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.