The textile collections of the Center for Social Research on Old Textiles [CSROT] is a wide-ranging, diverse international collection currently consisting of 690 works –and growing– organized in 4 distinct departments:
- A collection of woven and printed textiles, embroideries, and costume, including some leatherwork and featherwork, from Europe, the middle east, Asia, Oceania, the Americas and Africa from late antiquity (Coptic Egypt) through the early 20th century, especially rich in 15th to 18th century European silks and velvets. It currently consists of circa 400 works, whose description and photograph can be viewed by clicking here.
- A collection of tapa (also known as bark cloth or barkcloth, hiapo, ngata, siapo, kapa, 'uha, masi; for more information click here) from Africa, Asia, and Oceania. It currently consists of circa 100 works whose description and photograph can be viewed by clicking here.
- A collection of non-European headdresses and caps from Africa, Asia, the middle east, the Americas, and Oceania. It currently consists of approximately 150 works, whose description and photograph can be viewed by clicking here.
- A collection of non-European textile-related works including leather work, basketry, woven sacks, featherwork, mats and pendants from Africa, Asia, the middle east, the Americas, and Oceania. It currently consists of approximately 50 works, whose description and photograph can be viewed by clicking here.
The documentation of these works will gradually be available online as a free, open access visual database as the works are catalogued and photographed.
To realize this cataloguing we have recently set up a dedicated workshop and warehouse in Amsterdam, under the direction of Emmy de Groot, the conservator of the collection, with the help of a grant from the Glass House Trust (U.K), and Raven Row in London. As part of this process an exhibition was organized of about 225 works from the CSROT collection, which was shown at Raven Row in London from 1 March - 6 May 2012. For a description of the exhibition with numerous downloadable texts from the catalogue click here. To have a visual idea of the exhibition click here(380)for a slide show with 17 installation views (this can be downloaded to your computer).
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Coptic tapestry (fragment), Nile Valley, Upper Egypt, 5th-6th century [SST 648]