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Reiko Sudo at the Musée Guimet in Paris

Kennedy Center Japan Festival Opening

Through the summer of 2014 the installation “Koi Current” is on show (as a part of the exhibition “Clemenceau, le Tigre de l´Asie from 12 March to 16 June, 2014) at the Musée national des arts Asiatiques – Guimet. This installation by Reiko Sudo and Adrien Gardère is based on the old “koi nobori” tradition, with carp-shaped banners in Samurai gardens as symbols of strength and endurance of newborn boys. Reiko Sudo is dedicating this installation to all children of […]

The Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (MAK) in Vienna reopens its Permanent Carpet Collection on 8 April 2014

[02] Mamluken-Teppich, Fragment-1

A selection of over 30 individual objects is to present an impressive survey of the MAK’s holdings  of distinctive, high-quality carpets with an emphasis on the unique examples of 16th and 17th-century Persian and Mamluk rugs that make this one of the world’s best-known and most valuable such collections. In addition to a review of developments in carpet-making between the late 15th century and the 18th century, this presentation will also spotlight carpet-art as an overarching theme of European interiors. […]

The Database Project ´Silk Memory`in St. Gallen


In 2012 – with financial support by the Zurich Silk Association (ZSIG) – the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Art had initiated the Silk Memory project at the Textile Museum St. Gallen with the aim to build a digital archive. In a next step, selected silk fabrics from the collection of the Textile Museum are currently being added to the database. In a next phase the Silk Memory project will capture more textiles from national and international silk archives […]

A New Web-Based Costume Workbook


Experienced members of the Costume Committee create „Clothes tell stories“: the Costume Workbook, an on-line catalog of written and visual ideas of how to show and use historical and contemporary costume in museums. The target group is primarily smaller organi­sations such as local and/or specialized museums, for example city museums, which do not always have access to trained, experi­enced costume staff. In particular, easy and/or inexpen­sive solutions to presentation and interpretation will be stressed, making this a go-to resource also […]

A ´Jacquard`Loom 60 Years before Jacquard´s ´Invention`


In general the following information is given: “1805 Patent on pattern weaving machine with punched cards by Joseph-Marie Charles Jacquard”. Jacquard may have been the first inventor able to file for a patent, yet the technology of a fully automated loom driven by punched cards was not actually his invention. This fact was brought to our attention by a Canadian reader, Dr. Luc Rolland, a scientist by trade and a professor at the High Performance Robotics Laboratory of the Memorial […]

The V&A Clothworkers Centre has Opened

Blythe Houes, Clothworkers Centre

This Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion at Blythe House in west London, offering unprecedented access to the museum’s textiles, receives about 800 requests for access from researchers a year. Visits must be booked in advance, and applications must include an explanation of the purposes of the research. Read more about booking and appointment (http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/v/visiting-the-clothworkers-centre-for-textiles-and-fashion-study-and-conservation) The Centre’s Future Plan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collection. – Address: Blythe House, 23 […]

Plant Fibre Processing 77,000 Years Ago

Sibudu Cave in South Africa

We have reported in Textile Forum magazine 1/2010 about early traces of fibre processing over 30,000 years ago, found in the Dzudzuana cave in Georgia. Now we heard that already in 2010 important archaeological findings of at least 77,000 years old were known. In the South-African Sibudu cave there were found grass mats, several centimetres thick, with surfaces made by leaves of the Cape Quince (Cryptocarya woodii), whose etheric oils were insect repellent and poison for their larvae. Over thousands […]