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The Textile Museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of mankind's creative achievements in the textile arts. As a museum, it is committed to its role as a center of excellence in the scholarly research, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of textiles, with particular concern for the artistic, technical and cultural significance of its collections. The mission is pursued through development and maintenance of collections, records and a library, as well as through scholarly research, exhibitions, publications and educational programs. In all of this, the standard of excellence established by the Museum's founder, George Hewitt Myers, will be maintained.
Founded in 1925 by George Hewitt Myers, The Textile Museum is devoted exclusively to the handmade textile arts. The Museum's collections number more than 17,000 textiles and carpets from Near Eastern, African, Asian and indigenous American cultures. Each year the Museum presents four to six thematically based exhibitions designed to present textiles as art and place them in a cultural context by exploring religious, social, artistic, economic, and ecological aspects of the cultures in which they were created. Visitors can look, touch and learn in the Textile Learning Center or explore the unique museum shop for gifts and books.
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