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"From ancient battles to spiritual realms, textile art weaves stories of culture and history

Background imageTextile Collection: Southwest, American Indian art & handicrafts. Navajo blanket, beadwork, turquoise necklace

Southwest, American Indian art & handicrafts. Navajo blanket, beadwork, turquoise necklace, silver & turquoise belt buckle, 12-century Anasazi Mimbres bowl. PR

Background imageTextile Collection: Portrait of the Sinuessa Venus. National Archaeological Museum in Naples

Portrait of the Sinuessa Venus. National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Naples National Archaeological Museum Statue Roman Art, Europe, Ancient Civilization. Date of Photograph:1879-1910ca

Background imageTextile Collection: Statue of the Sinuessa Venus. National Archaeological Museum in Naples

Statue of the Sinuessa Venus. National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Naples National Archaeological Museum Statue Roman Art, Europe, Ancient Civilization. Date of Photograph:1879-1910ca

Background imageTextile Collection: Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Scene of the Battle

Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Scene of the Battle of Hastings. Detail of the battle between the soldiers of William I of England and the Anglo-Saxons. Romanesque art. Decorative Arts; Tapestry. FRANCE

Background imageTextile Collection: Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Battle of Hastings

Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Battle of Hastings (1066). Detail. Romanesque art. Tapestry. FRANCE. Bayeux. Archaeological Museum

Background imageTextile Collection: Bardo Mandala, Thangka showing the period between death and reincarnation (gouache

Bardo Mandala, Thangka showing the period between death and reincarnation (gouache
BAL7950 Bardo Mandala, Thangka showing the period between death and reincarnation (gouache on cloth) by Tibetan School (19th century); Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Tibetan, out of copyright

Background imageTextile Collection: Singer sewing machine ad, 1890s

Singer sewing machine ad, 1890s
Advertisement for the Singer Automatic sewing machine, 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageTextile Collection: Central America, Panama, Cristobal. Kuna Indian traditional molas

Central America, Panama, Cristobal. Kuna Indian traditional molas

Background imageTextile Collection: Costa Rican art, Costa Rica, Central America

Costa Rican art, Costa Rica, Central America

Background imageTextile Collection: Flags of the German Empire

Flags of the German Empire
Illustration of a Flags of the German Empire

Background imageTextile Collection: A Street Scene in Cairo, by Charles Robertson

A Street Scene in Cairo, by Charles Robertson (1844-1891)

Background imageTextile Collection: The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival

The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival
BIR68247 The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival, from the series The Quest for the Holy Grail, 1895-96 (wool, silk)

Background imageTextile Collection: Fabric design, Art Gout Beaute, 1924

Fabric design, Art Gout Beaute, 1924
Fabric design for Moroccan crepe in a multicoloured, Middle Eastern style, Art Gout Beaute, 1924. 1924

Background imageTextile Collection: Fuxi and Nuwa, found in the tombs of Astana Cemetery, Turfan (painted silk)

Fuxi and Nuwa, found in the tombs of Astana Cemetery, Turfan (painted silk)
LSE3512892 Fuxi and Nuwa, found in the tombs of Astana Cemetery, Turfan (painted silk) by Chinese School (7th century); National Museum, Seoul

Background imageTextile Collection: GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O Hara in a still from the film Gone With The

GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O Hara in a still from the film Gone With The Wind, 1939

Background imageTextile Collection: Buenos Aires map

Buenos Aires map
Antique engraving map of Buenos Aires

Background imageTextile Collection: GIRLS FASHIONS, 1952. Page from the September 1952 issue of McCalls magazine

GIRLS FASHIONS, 1952. Page from the September 1952 issue of McCalls magazine, featuring the character Betsy McCall, a paper doll whose cut-out dresses were based on actual fashions manufactured by

Background imageTextile Collection: Southwest, Indian

Southwest, Indian handicrafts. Jemez pottery, 12-century Anasazi Mimbres bowl, Navajo buckle, Navajo bead work & turquoise necklaces, Acoma seed pot. PR

Background imageTextile Collection: Ghana, Ashanti Region, Kumasi

Ghana, Ashanti Region, Kumasi. Kente cloth, the traditional fine textile used for robes in Ghana

Background imageTextile Collection: Byzantine silk textiles dating from 10th century, Treasury of Ste. Foy

Byzantine silk textiles dating from 10th century, Treasury of Ste. Foy, Conques, Midi-Pyrenees, France, Europe

Background imageTextile Collection: Horrockses, Crewdson & Co Ltd, Preston, Lancashire

Horrockses, Crewdson & Co Ltd, Preston, Lancashire, office and factory -- trade design. 1920

Background imageTextile Collection: How Navajo Indian Rugs are made - USA

How Navajo Indian Rugs are made - USA Date: circa 1930s

Background imageTextile Collection: Saltaire, model textile factory and town near Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Founded by Titus Salt

Saltaire, model textile factory and town near Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Founded by Titus Salt (1803-1776) in 1851. Shops, library, etc

Background imageTextile Collection: Bayeux Tapestry 1067: Battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066. The death of Harold II

Bayeux Tapestry 1067: Battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066. The death of Harold II, last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Left, figure pulling arrow from eye and then being cut down by Norman knight

Background imageTextile Collection: Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Making a boat. Romanesque

Bayeux Tapestry. 1066-1077. Making a boat. Romanesque art. Tapestry. FRANCE. Bayeux. Archaeological Museum

Background imageTextile Collection: Cotton weavers at their looms, Preston, Lancashire

Cotton weavers at their looms, Preston, Lancashire
Women operating cotton weaving looms at the works of Messrs Horrockses, Crewdson and Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire

Background imageTextile Collection: Cotton weaving shed, Preston, Lancashire

Cotton weaving shed, Preston, Lancashire
A huge cotton weaving shed at the works of Messrs Horrockses, Crewdson and Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire, with people at work

Background imageTextile Collection: Tartan cloth

Tartan cloth, MacNaughtons Emporium, Pitlochry, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTextile Collection: Traditional Rabari tribal embroidered fabrics

Traditional Rabari tribal embroidered fabrics, Kutch, Gujarat state, India, Asia

Background imageTextile Collection: Patchwork quilt

Patchwork quilt, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala, Central America

Background imageTextile Collection: Close-up of hands and bobbins for lace making at Le Puy in the Auvergne, France, Europe

Close-up of hands and bobbins for lace making at Le Puy in the Auvergne, France, Europe

Background imageTextile Collection: AUSTEN: PERSUASION, 1898. Looking on her with a face as pallid as her own

AUSTEN: PERSUASION, 1898. Looking on her with a face as pallid as her own. Illustration by Hugh Thomson for an 1898 edition of Jane Austens Persuasion, first published in 1817

Background imageTextile Collection: Cotton Dye Works

Cotton Dye Works
Empire Marketing Board 1927-1933 poster, Cotton Dye Works Date: 1927-1933

Background imageTextile Collection: North America, Mexico, Guanajuato State, San Miguel de Allende, Mexican embroidered

North America, Mexico, Guanajuato State, San Miguel de Allende, Mexican embroidered textile hanging in stall in crafts market (Mercado de Artesanias)

Background imageTextile Collection: Traditional lace making, Le Puy en Velay, Haute-Loire, France, Europe

Traditional lace making, Le Puy en Velay, Haute-Loire, France, Europe

Background imageTextile Collection: Traditional lace making, Le Puy en Velay, Haute-Loire, France, Europe

Traditional lace making, Le Puy en Velay, Haute-Loire, France, Europe

Background imageTextile Collection: Colourful designs for sale along Jolly Beach, Antigua, Leeward Islands

Colourful designs for sale along Jolly Beach, Antigua, Leeward Islands, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageTextile Collection: Close-up of the hands of a palilleira

Close-up of the hands of a palilleira, a lace maker, in the famous lace making village of Camarinas in Galicia, Spain, Europe

Background imageTextile Collection: Batiks on line on the beach

Batiks on line on the beach, Turtle Beach, Tobago, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageTextile Collection: Arabic cushions

Arabic cushions, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageTextile Collection: Textile dyes

Textile dyes, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Background imageTextile Collection: Harold steers ship across channel, a scene from the Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux

Harold steers ship across channel, a scene from the Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux, Normandy, France, Europe

Background imageTextile Collection: Close-up of woven Khmer scarves for sale in Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Close-up of woven Khmer scarves for sale in Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageTextile Collection: Woman spinning - India

Woman spinning - India
Woman spinning on a traditional hand-made wheel, India

Background imageTextile Collection: Carpets for sale outside shop in frontier town of Agdz

Carpets for sale outside shop in frontier town of Agdz, Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageTextile Collection: The Lace Centre (Kantcentrum), Bruges, Belgium, Europe

The Lace Centre (Kantcentrum), Bruges, Belgium, Europe

Background imageTextile Collection: Hawthorn Mill in Chadderton, Greater Manchester. 4th June 1969

Hawthorn Mill in Chadderton, Greater Manchester. 4th June 1969

Background imageTextile Collection: Along the River During the Qingming Festival, Qing Court Version, hand scroll

Along the River During the Qingming Festival, Qing Court Version, hand scroll
3928698 Along the River During the Qingming Festival, Qing Court Version, hand scroll, 1736 (ink and color on silk) by Chinese School



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"From ancient battles to spiritual realms, textile art weaves stories of culture and history. The Bayeux Tapestry, created between 1066-1077, vividly depicts scenes from the Battle of Hastings, transporting us back in time. In Bardo Mandala, a Thangka painting showcasing the period between death and reincarnation, intricate textiles capture the ethereal journey of the soul. Even advertisements have utilized textiles to captivate audiences throughout history. A Singer sewing machine ad from the 1890s showcases how these machines revolutionized textile production and empowered individuals with their own creative abilities. Across continents, traditional textile techniques reflect unique cultural identities. Kuna Indian traditional molas from Cristobal in Central America's Panama showcase vibrant patterns that tell stories passed down through generations. Textiles also find their way into artistic interpretations of legends and visions. "The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail" brings Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Percival's quest to life through intricately woven fabrics. Traveling further afield reveals stunning street scenes captured on fabric canvases. Charles Robertson's "A Street Scene in Cairo" transports us to bustling markets filled with colorful textiles that epitomize Egyptian culture. Maps too can be transformed into works of art using textiles as seen in a Buenos Aires map where threads create an intricate representation of city streets. In Costa Rican art, vibrant colors blend seamlessly with indigenous motifs representing Central American heritage while flags of the German Empire showcase national pride through carefully crafted fabrics. Throughout history, fabric design has been celebrated for its beauty and innovation. Art Gout Beaute's 1924 collection exemplifies this creativity by combining bold patterns with luxurious materials. Finally, Ghana's Ashanti Region offers a glimpse into West African textile traditions where skillful craftsmanship meets storytelling through cloth weaving techniques. "