The Textile Museum Journal

Sumru Krody's picture
August 31, 2019
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Southeast Asian History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, African History / Studies, Anthropology

Dear Colleagues,


I am happy to share that The Textile Museum Journal is currently available with upcoming volumes under development.


The current volume is titled Draping the Middle Ages is available through edited by Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of Medieval and Islamic Art History at Pomona College, The Textile Museum Journal 45 focuses on the mobile nature of textile patterns in the East and West during the Middle Ages and investigates the question of cultural specificity when textile patterns appear on other media. Four articles in this volume are

  • Draping, Wrapping, Hanging: Transposing Textile Materiality in the Middle Ages by Patricia Blessing, Pomona College
  • Painted Silks: Form and Production of Women’s Court Dress in the Mongol Empire by Eiren L. Shea, Grinnell College
  • Gems in Cloth and Stone: Medium, Materiality, and the Late Antique Jeweled Aesthetic by Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, Dumbarton Oaks Museum
  • Put a Bird on it: What an Aviary Preoccupation Reveals about Medieval Silks by Meredyth Lynn Winter, Harvard University

The upcoming volume, The Textile Museum Journal, volume 46 will be released in October 2019. This issue, guest edited by Ruth Barnes, Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and Cristin McKnight Sethi, Assistant Professor of Art History, Art History, The George Washington University is in honor of Dr. Mattiebelle Gittinger, Research Associate at The Textile Museum and doyen of South and Southeast Asian textile studies.

Eight articles in this volume are:

  •  Tools of the Master Dyer: Dye Materials in 17th and 18th Century South Asian Painted Cotton Textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Sylvia Houghteling, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College and Nobuko Shibayama, Department of Scientific Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Stripes, Checks and Flowers - Textile Patterns in the Murals of Lepakshi, South India by Brigitte Majlis, formerly Textile Curator at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne
  • Modeling a Future for Handmade Textiles Bhutan in the 21st Century by Susan S. Bean, Independent scholar, Diana K. Myers, Independent scholar, and Rinzin O. Dorji, executive director of the Royal Textile Academy (RTA), Thimphu
  • Silk Production and Marketing in Cambodia in 1995 by Morimoto Kikuo, director, Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles (IKTT), Siem Reap, Cambodia and Louise Cort, formerly curator for Ceramics at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
  • Short and Sleeveless Jackets in Ancient Java (8th-15th century) and Bali: From Warrior Garments to Dance Costume by Sandra Sardjono, Independent scholar, Textile Research Center in Leiden
  •  Fragments of Splendor: Indonesian Textiles in the Lloyd Cotsen Collection by Ruth Barnes, Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery
  • Seven Early Iban Kain Kebat by Traude Gavin, Independent scholar
  • Original or Imitation? Batik in Java and Glarus in the 19th century by Natasha Nabholz (Marie-Louise) Kartaschoff, formerly Curator of Asian Textiles, Museum der Kulturen, Basel

Support for volume 46 of The Textile Museum Journal is generously provided by David W. and Barbara G. Fraser, the Markarian Foundation, and Stanley O. Roth.


The volume 47 (2020) will focus on color. Over the last decade or so, there have been several breakthroughs in the analysis of dye colors. These have been reported in scientific journals but the new methodologies and their potential for investigating textile technologies and answering contextual questions have yet to be incorporated into the wider field of textile scholarship. Volume 47 guest edited by Mary Dusenbury, Research Curator, Spencer Museum of Art, will highlight some of the most important emerging technologies with a relatively brief exposition of their methodologies and techniques to elucidate contextual information about a particular textile or group of textiles.


We are also seeking article proposals for The Textile Museum Journal, volume 48, 2021 to be devoted to new research on African Textiles. The volume, guest edited by Sarah Fee, senior curator, Eastern Hemisphere Textiles and Fashion, Royal Ontario Museum, will be interdisciplinary. We encourage submissions examining any aspect of African textiles from all historic (pre-historic) periods and geographic regions (North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, African diaspora).



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We very much hope that you will enjoy reading our current volume and subscribe to receive future ones.




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