Publication_The Textile Museum Journal 47

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Dear Colleagues,


We are happy to announce that the new volume of The Textile Museum Journal is now available in digital, digital/print, and print formats through


This volume, guest edited by Mary Dusenbury, research curator at Spencer Museum of Art, is devoted to new interdisciplinary examinations of many aspects of color in textiles from across time and place.


Color is deeply embedded in human history. Since antiquity, the art and science of dyed colors have engaged the interest of artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, makers, and merchants and their clients. This volume represents a new expression of the ancient and ongoing human interest in color and its manifestation in the textiles that protect us and beautify our surroundings. Authors who have contributed to this volume come from several academic disciplines and represent a wide range of geographical and historical interests, as they address a range of research questions through the lens of color studies. They have taken advantage of sophisticated methods of dye analysis as one important investigative tool in their research. Two-thirds of the articles are collaborations, often interdisciplinary collaborations, illustrating the creative potential of combining the rich resources of two or more academic and scientific disciplines.


Articles in this volume include:


Dominique Cardon, Iris Brémaud, Anita Quye, and Jenny Balfour Paul

Exploring Colors from the Past: In the Steps of Eighteenth-Century Dyers from France and England


Elena Phipps

Woven Brilliance: Approaching Color in Andean Textile Traditions


Richard Laursen

The Analysis of Dyes in Textiles


Walter B. Denny

Color, Expectations, and Authenticity in Oriental Carpets: The Case of the Anhalt Carpet in The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Yael Rosenfield and Nobuko Shibayama

The Color Red: Madder Dyes as Determinants of Provenance in a Group of Kalamkari Textiles


Ana Claro and Maria João Ferreira

Chinese Textiles for the Portuguese Market: Rethinking Their History through Dye Analysis


Raquel Santos, Ana Claro, Blythe McCarthy, and Jessica Hallett

Color Power: Contributions of Science and Technology to the Study of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century "Vine-Scroll" Carpets


Jenny Balfour Paul

Indigo and Blue: A Marriage Made in Heaven


Research Notes:

Raquel Santos, Ana Claro, Ana Serrano, Maria João Ferreira, and Jessica Hallett

Textiles, Trade & Taste—Portugal and the World: A Project on the Global Circulation of Textiles and Dyes


Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer

The Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection and Center: Its Future Scholarly Activities and Potential for Research


Tracy Meserve

Recommendations from the Library


Support for volume 47 of The Textile Museum Journal is generously provided by the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection Endowment, David W. and Barbara G. Fraser, and the Markarian Foundation.


We are also seeking article proposals for The Textile Museum Journal, volume 49, 2022 to be devoted to new research on Mathematics and Textiles. The volume, guest edited by Dr. Jeffrey C. Splitstoser, Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University, will be interdisciplinary. We encourage submissions examining any aspect of the relation between mathematics and textiles from all historic (and pre-historic) periods and geographic regions, as well as topics exploring mathematics in fabric structures, textile iconography, weaving practices, constructing and wearing clothing, and other topics.


For information on subscribing to The Textile Museum Journal, access to earlier issues, author guidelines, more information, or questions please visit or contact The Textile Museum Journal editorial team at


The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum members receive a PDF copy of the journal and Supporter level museum members receive a print copy of the journal. If you wish to become a museum member, please visit


We very much hope that you will enjoy reading our current volume.


With best wishes,

The Textile Museum Journal Editorial Team