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LOTUS- ASIAN ANTIQUES & TEXTILES



Lotus Asian Art & Antiques Gallery brings together exquisite Asian artistry from the Han Dynasty to today's prolific talents. Lotus houses ancient and contemporary art, antiques, and decorative elements from across Asia.
 

FRANCESA GALLOWAY -- INDIAN & OTHER TEXTILES

Francesca Galloway has been dealing in courtly Indian art and Islamic textiles and costume since 1974.

GAIL MARTIN GALLERY

 

Exhibiting  historical textiles with emphasis on those from Central Asia, Africa, Indonesia, Pre-Columbian Peru as well as other areas of the world, along with the works of contemporary fiber artists
 

CAROL CASSIDY'S LAO TEXTILES




Carol Cassidy's Lao Textiles workshop, studio and gallery creates woven art. Carol's pieces are displayed in galleries and museums throughout the Unites States: The Textile Museum in Washington, DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
 

MARLA MALLET: TEXTILES AND TRIBAL ONIENTAL RUGS

 Specializes in antique flat woven tribal Oriental rugs, kilims, and bags but also handle tapestries, embroideries and other ethnic textiles.

PAMELA CROSS - TRIBAL TEXTILES

 

A website of Pamela A Cross, traditional and tribal textile enthusiast and collector with computing, photographic and video editing interests to support this passion
 

RUDOLF G. SMEND - INDONESIAN TEXTILES





This Gallery specializes in textiles and issue international textile artists working with us.  On this website there can be found material for textile artists, a reference library and a video library. Literature and work material can be shipped worldwide to textile artists, schools and training institutes. Please note this website is not in English
 

TEXTILE ARTS




TAI Gallery/Textile Arts, located in Santa Fe New Mexico,  one of the world's finest galleries featuring the art of traditional textiles and Japanese bamboo art

 

SAMAYAMA TEXTILES

The purpose of Samyama's collection of textiles is to display the natural artistic energies inherent in humans. So many beautiful textiles were created by people who never studied at art or fashion school. The patterns and clothing designs are so creative that even contemporary fashion designers are constantly inspired by them.

THE TILLEKE & GIBBINS TEXTILE COLLECTION





Tilleke & Gibbins’ Textile Collection consists of museum-quality textiles representing the diverse cultures of mainland Southeast Asia. With over 2,000 textiles, the mission of our Textile Collection is to collect, display, and preserve the textiles, in proximity to the geographical area in which they were created. Our firm has also loaned some of its rare textiles to museums in Thailand, Laos, and the United States

TRIBAL TRAPPINGS

 

Tribal Trappings offers a carefully-selected collection of authentic tribal art and artifacts including antiques, tribal jewelry, ethnic clothing, tribal textiles, fine tribal handicrafts, and folk art,  from the ethnic peoples of SE Asia, China, Indonesia, Central Asia, and the Middle East



Crafts Organizations    Back to top

AID TO ARTISANS

 
Aid to Artisans (ATA), an international nonprofit organization, is a recognized leader in economic development for the craft sector.

SOP MOEI ARTS






Sop Moei Arts is a non-profit organization which has been working with the Pwo Karen in Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand for the last 30 years. Beginning as a public health project financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) in 1977, Sop Moei Arts now operates income-generating initiatives such as textile weaving and basket making amongst several villages in this area
 

TAMMACHAT NATURAL TEXTILES





Alleson Kase and Ellen Agger launched TAMMACHAT in 2007.  Tammachat imports high quality, fairly traded, environmentally friendly, handcrafted textiles from women artisans in Thailand and Laos. They educate consumers about the benefits of purchasing fairly traded textiles and about sustainable environmental practices used in the production of this work
 

THAI CRAFT




A social enterprise which has been promoting self-reliance for village artisans from all parts of Thailand; providing them training and most of all access to markets in Thailand and abroad, using Fair Trade practices.
 



Museums    Back to top

NATIONAL TEXTILE MUSEUM MALAYSIA






The National Museum (Muzium Negara) is the most principal museum of Malaysia. It has a large central main entrance hall that is flanked by two exhibition wings. In those wings (upstairs and downstairs) are: a Historical Gallery, a Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery, a Cultural Gallery, a National Sports Gallery and a Natural History Gallery.
 

 

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA



The National Gallery of Australia holds one of the finest Asian textile collections in the world.
 

 

ANOKHI MUSEUM OF HAND PRINTING



The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing (AMHP) opened in 2005 as an attempt to focus on the existent tradition of hand block printing throughout India and especially within the local regions of Jaipur, Sanganer and Bagru. It is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of printed textiles.

CALICO MUSEUM - INDIA



The Calico Museum of Textiles at Ahmedabad, India, is the premier textile museum of the country, and one of the most celebrated institutions of its kind in the world for its distinguished and comprehensive collection of textiles and artifacts.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM - TEXTILES & ISLAMIC ART


 The museum, established in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever, seeks to bring the pleasure and meaning of art to the broadest possible audience in accordance with the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards.

THE BABA & NYONYA MUSEUM MALAYSIA

The home of Baba Chan Cheng Siew (1865-1919) whose eclectic taste offers a glimpse into the richness of the culture and the opulence that was  fashionable in many pre-World War II Peranakan homes.

JAMES H.W. THOMPSON HOUSE & MUSEUM

 
The Jim Thompson House is the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company.

PERANAKAN MUSEUM - SINGAPORE

 

The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in in Southeast Asia.
 

 

 

TRADITIONAL ARTS & ETHNOLOGY CENTRE - LUANG PRABANG




Recognising the dearth of accessible and accurate information on Laos’ ethnic diversity, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) was launched in July 2007 to promote understanding of Laos’ ethnic diversity and advocate for the survival and transmission of its cultural heritage.

 

TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA



The Textile Museum of Canada promotes an understanding of human identity through textiles.

 

THE TEXTILE MUSEUM – GEORGE WASHINGTON MUSEUM WASHINGTON D.C.

 



The Textile Museum expands public knowledge and appreciation – locally, nationally and internationally – of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles.


 

QUEEN SIRIKIT MUSEUM OF TEXTILES


The museum’s mission is to collect, display, preserve, and serve as a center for all who wish to learn about textiles, past and present, from Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia, with a special emphasis on the textiles of, and related to, the royal court and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. Additionally, its goal is to create public awareness of Thai identity 
and culture, and the beauty of Thai traditional textiles, through research, exhibition, 
and interpretation. The museum’s objectives, set by Her Majesty, are being achieved by 
the museum staff, guided by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. -

NATIONAL MUSEUM BANGKOK




King Chulslongkorn, out of kindness and a desire to educate his subjects, opened the museum to the public for the first time on the special occasion  a gala celebration on the occasion of the royal birthday on 19 September 1874- King Chulalongkorn's 21st birthday.
 

CHIANG MAI NATIONAL MUSEUM


Chiang Mai National Museum is the Main regional museum of the north.

 

TRIBAL MUSEUM CHIANG MAI


The Tribal museum displays artefacts and history of the indigenous culture of nine hill tribes including Karen (Kariang), Hmong (Meo), Mien (Yao), Lisu (Liso), Akha (Iko), Lahu (Musoe), Lau, Thin, and Khamu including the minority tribe of Malabri. Each tribe possesses unique identity and culture. 

RATHCABURI NATIONAL MUSEUM

 



Ratchaburi National Museum  was formerly the town hall, built in 1922 during the reign of King Vajiravudh. It is a one-storey building on a high raised floor. The Fine Arts Department registered it as a National Monument on 10 May 1988 and after repairing and renovation, it was declared  a National Museum in 1988.
 

SBUN-NGA TEXTILE MUSEUM CHIANG MAI

 Sbun-Nga Textile Museum is privately funded the museum to preserve the spectacular textiles of Thailand’s heritage  for  the next generation
 
No direct website but information can be found at the link  posted

THE BANK OF THAILAND MUSEUM



The Bank of Thailand Museum, northern region office, a center of information for both coinage and Tai textiles which is open to the public for the purpose of displaying the value of Thai heritage.
 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES

 The National Museum takes the lead in the study and preservation of the nation's rich artistic, historical and cultural heritage in the reconstruction and rebuilding of our nation's past and veneration of the great pioneers who helped in building our nation.

BONA MUSEUM KOREA



Bona Museum is devoted to Women's & Men's accessories throughout Korean History


Publications    Back to top

DENNIS & WESLEY MARQUAND - ORIENTAL RUG & TEXTILE BOOKS

 
Books on Oriental Rugs, Carpets, Ethnographic Textiles and the People Who Wove Them
 

HALI MAGAZINE




HALI covers the textile arts of all cultures and periods in an eclectic mixture of articles which range from sumptuously illustrated original scholarly features to lively, provocative reviews of exhibitions and books. 
 

OXIANNA BOOKS

 


An independent bookseller stocking New, Out-of-print & Rare Books on Oriental Rugs, Carpets and Tapestries as well as related Travel and Topography titles - Indeed a wealth of textile related subjects
 

WOVEN CARGOES - INDIAN TEXTILES IN THE EAST








Here is a visual record of one of the great untold stories of Asian design history: the trade in Indian textiles to Southeast and East Asia. For over 1000 years Indian cloths were traded for spices and the forest and mineral wealth of the East by Asian, Arab and European merchants. Including dazzling chintzes and expensive tie-die silk that was reserved for the nobility, these textiles served as diplomatic gifts, displays on festive occasions and as clothing for the populace at rites of passage and other ceremonies. John Guy draws on first-hand descriptions by travellers and merchants, on historic images of people and places, and on related arts to tell the story of the trade

ARNOLD ART PUBLISHERS











Marion Wettstein  NAGA TEXTILES
Design, Technique, Meaning and Effect of a Local Craft Tradition in Northeast India

368 pages, 21.4 x 27 cm, 287 colour illustrations and graphics.
With enclosed poster showing 156 colour illustrations.    Half-linen cover. English.

With their geometric and often minimalistic patterns, the fascinating traditional fabrics of the Nagas provide an unparalleled exception in India‘s world of textiles. In this monograph, Marion Wettstein deciphers the cultural meaning of textile design in a scholarly precise way, capturing their idiosyncratic aesthetic in colour pencil and watercolour.


 

SERINDIA PUBLISHERS







Art of Southeast Asian Textiles: The Tilleke & Gibbins Collection
Linda S. McIntosh

Art of Southeast Asian Textiles: The Tilleke & Gibbins Collection highlights museum-quality textiles from various cultures of this region. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the publication focuses on hand-woven and hand-adorned cloth produced by ethnic groups in Thailand and neighboring countries, including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, and Malaysia. Social, political, and economic ties linked the cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia to ones in others areas, such as the island cultures of the region, resulting in the exchange of cloth. Some textile types from Indonesia and India are, thus, included in this volume. Art of Southeast Asian Textiles showcases over two hundred examples from this private collection, presented with the same intention as the law firm’s purpose to build a collection: textiles as art.

SILKWORM BOOKS




 

 

SAZIGYO, Burmese Manuscript Binding Tapes: Woven Miniatures of Buddhist Art

RALPH ISAACS

Notes, glossary, appendixes, bibliog., index, ClothSazigyo are Burmese tablet-woven bands that were used to bind palm-leaf manuscripts.
In these wonderful weaves, brightly colored lines of elegant script are interspersed with fascinating, miniature pictures of animals and other objects.



Related Websites    Back to top

JILLS QUILT SITE



 

A website providing information on quilting workshops, quilting fairs, tips where to buy quilting material in Bangkok. She connects costomers with: Khun Tiew, the founder of “Our Home” - Women come from all over Thailand learn quilting giving them an opportunity to learn valuable skills, social interaction and a good income.

CASALANA - FLEECE TO FABRIC





Casalana has a joint project with Thailand. Mrs. Benjawan is our Thai collaborator with a weaving group in the North-East. This project involved the developing of “Merino-Silk” woven fabric.


 

JANE IVERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

 
Specializing in cultural events and festivals throughout Southeast Asia for over 15 years, Jane Iverson has documented the lives of Asian people through photography, publications, fine art and documentary exhibitions.

THE SIAM SOCIETY, THAILAND

 


The Siam Society under Royal Patronage was founded in 1904 in cooperation with Thai and foreign scholars to promote knowledge of Thailand and its surrounding region

STUDIO NAEENA

 





Studio Naenna was founded in 1985 to represent the local weavers in the international market. We strive to provide our customers with the highest quality and exclusive designs following Fair Trade Ethics. Studio Naenna continues to support the Weavers For the Environment and their beautiful creations, which include exquisite clothing for men and women, shawls, wall murals and accessories created from hand woven cotton and silk.

 

WEAVE

Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) is committed to teaching women to become socially, economically and politically empowered.  
WEAVE Foundation works with disadvantaged and marginalized ethnic women and their communities on the Thai-Burma border and in Northern Thailand to advance their status and dignity. Our intervention is both direct and practical. We work in partnership with women’s groups to develop culturally sensitive, safe and fair livelihoods through their local crafts of hand woven fabrics and items inspired by their time honored designs. As a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) we carry out our work guided by the 10 Fair Trade principles.

URSULA WALL - PHOTOGRAPHY




Living in South East Asia Ursula Wall is a photographer documenting her travels of the area

Rupert Smith Textiles




Rupert Smith Textiles has a rare collection of early Tibetan carpets as well as Khotan and Ningxia rugs. Besides these antique pieces, the Chiang Mai gallery has many Laotian Pha Biangs and Ikat sarongs.

TEXTILE AS ART




Offer  visitors the most informative resource for Antique Textile Information! From buying and selling to restoration and preservation to appraisals and pricing,

THOMAS MURRAY-ASIATICA-ETHNOGRAPHICA




Thomas Murray is a private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures. He also features Indian printed trade cloths from the 13th-18th Centuries


Textile Organizations    Back to top

THE COSTUME SOCIETY - UK




The Society promotes every aspect of the study of clothing and textiles: The society aims to encourage access to costume history, including contemporary dress in various different ways, our appeal is wide-ranging and object-based
 

MAIWA




The Maiwa Foundation has as its purpose eradicating poverty in rural villages by promoting the economic self-sufficiency of the artisans living in such villages. The  Foundation was established in 1997 by Maiwa Handprints Ltd. It was registered as a private trust in 2001 to help fund practicing and re-emerging artisans in the craft sector
 

MY BATIK

 


The Malaysian Cultural Entrepreneur Association (MCEA) is a non-profit association of Malaysian entrepreneurs involved in cultural businesses, founded in 2010
 

WORLD SHIBORI NETWORK

 

The World Shibori Network (WSN) was founded in 1992 in Nagoya, Japan, as a grass roots organization dedicated to the preservation of shibori and similar traditional techniques across the globe.
 

SUTRA




Sutra, a nonprofit society concerned with the Preservation of Textile Heritage, formed in Kolkata in 2002 with the objective of raising awareness of textile heritage, through seminars, exhibitions, workshops, publication and other means, to pave the way for further research, documentation conservation and development of textile traditions

TAPESTRY CENTER




The GFR Tapestry Program fosters the creative practice and cultural study of tapestry-making from ancient to modern times.
 

THE JAMES H.W. THOMPSON FOUNDATION



The Jim Thompson House is the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company.

LEA SILK










Established in 2001, the Ban Reng Khai Foundation is an independent organization in Thailand focused entirely on supporting village self-sufficiency in integrated farming, sericulture and silk weaving, micro-enterprise, healthcare and education

Proceeds from the sales of Léa Silk are directed to an independent foundation co-founded by Léa to promote village self-sufficiency in sericulture and silk weaving, integrated farming, micro-enterprise, healthcare and education. In recognition of this effort, Léa was knighted with the Order of Oranje Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, in 1995

 

OXFORD ASIAN TEXTILE GROUP

 


The Oxford Asian Textile Group (OATG) with the specific aim of making the Oxford textile collections better known to the specialist and the interested public

TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA



The Textile Society of America, Inc. provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.

TREADS OF LIFE





Threads of Life helps to uphold those diverse and venerable traditions. All Threads of Life textiles are produced by traditional methods.