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The Textile Arts Database

This crowd-sourced digital archive is intended as a resource for inspiration and research for interdisciplinary investigations of textiles and clothing. We invite you to browse for inspiration, research, or just for joy!

CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

Links to Artists and Designers working in textile arts/costume design \\ Sources for fabrics, Textile Materials and Equipment for sale, both online and in-person \\ An archived list of significant, past Textile Exhibitions, Lectures and Events, with links to recordings. \\ Open-source Museum Textile Collections and Research Databases from around the world. \\ Textile Businesses and Companies with sustainable/inclusive practices. \\ Go to Organizations, Schools, & Opportunities to find textile artist residencies, workshops, and advocacy groups.

OVERVIEW:

This archive exists to increase recognition of the role textiles and fiber processes play in our social fabric.  It aims to counteract the historical marginalization of textile studies in academic institutions, and its undervaluation in society.

GOALS:

Provide a platform for critical engagement around the topics of clothing/textiles

Enable cross disciplinary approaches and understandings of textile-related processes

Promote new and expanded contexts for where textile work lives

Recognize the diverse cultures involved in textile-making

Break down gendered/colonial assumptions around the study of clothing and textiles to support a more inclusive community of scholars/makers

Create a collective canon that can serve as a meaningful resource for scholars and practitioners

Encourage sustainable and ethical practices for textile related work

VALUES & COMMUNITY GUIDELINES:

The PSU Textile Arts Archive is a community comprised of everyone interested in textile arts: costume design, fiber arts, fashion and the history of dress.

A crowd-sourced effort encourages the inclusion of diverse work representing many points of view. As material is added, the value of the resource expands, so spread the word! Invite others to submit entries about their favorite textile artists/designers, materials sources, businesses, organizations, etc.

We make no claim to ownership of site content. The rights holder retains trademark and copyright. See Terms of Use below.

Users are able to use the content for research or inspiration, with the broader ambition to generate new scholarship and new stories.

TERMS OF USE:

The digitized materials that are contributed to PSUTAA are for the non-commercial use of students, scholars, and the public. All material included on the site is subject to copyright laws. You should determine for yourself whether or not an item is protected by copyright or in the public domain, and then satisfy any copyright or use restrictions when publishing or distributing materials from PSUTAA. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond what is allowed by fair use or other exemptions requires written permission from the copyright holder.