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Lace Seal with United States Seal

Textile Tuesday: Lace Mat

Mat depicting the seal of the United States President, Needle lace in cotton or linen, 1950-1990, United States, 7” diameter. By Nora Renick Rinehart, a first year MFA student in Design Studies. While doing research for an upcoming project on textiles and American politics, this exquisite example of needle lace immediately caught my attention. Created […]

Printed Textiles

Textile Tuesday: Fabric Sample

Mathilda Schwalbach, Faces of the Nation Facing the World, screenprinting on cotton, United States, 1968 Samantha Comerford is a graduate student in Art History at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Collection Assistant in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. In looking through the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection I was immediately struck by this printed […]

Mulberry Maze fabric detail

Textile Tuesday: The Norton Sisters of Folly Cove

– Margaret Norton, Tablecloth in Mulberry Maze print, United States, 1947, ink on cotton, 71 x 44 in. – Schumacher Company, Drapery Fabric in Polka Dot Pony print, designed by Hetty Beatty Whitney, United States, 1946, ink on cotton Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design, in […]

Baby Carrier

Textile Tuesday: Hmong Baby Carrier

Baby Carrier, Thailand, 26 x 17 in. Yenchen J. Xiong is a fourth year student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. In a world with lurking spirits and soul-stealing demons, of tigers who kidnap young maidens, and zombies who haven’t realized they’ve passed on already, there must be a […]

Stomacher detail image

Textile Tuesday: Stomacher

Stomacher, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1750-1799, horn, linen, silk, 14×9 in. Jennifer Schlavensky is a recent graduate of the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. Stomachers—fabric panels, often decorative, that fit into the front opening of gowns and robes—have been called the “ancestors of the corset.” Stomachers […]

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Textile Tuesday: Cornhusk Bag

Bag, Idaho, 1900-1929, cornhusk and wool, 23 x 18 in. Dakota Mace (Diné) recently received her MFA in Textiles from the School of Human Ecology and is a Collections Assistant in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Kendra Greendeer (Ho-Chunk) is a doctoral student in History of Art and Collection Manager for the Little Eagle […]

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Textile Tuesday: Mola Panel

Mola Panel, Panama, 1900-1999, cotton, appliqué and embroidery, 13 x 17 in. Hailee Milton is a student in the School of Human Ecology studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Many textiles serve the purpose of commemorating historical events. For example, the American flag is an important textile whose colors hold important significance. While perhaps less known, […]

Rabaru headdress detail

Textile Tuesday: Rabari Headdress

Hat, India, 1900-1977, cotton, silk on cotton, silk, 13 x 14 x 13 in. Katie Slavin is a student in the School of Human Ecology, entering her 4th year as a Retailing and Consumer Behavior major. After flipping through the textiles featured in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection online navigator, I was immediately drawn […]

Close up of embroidery on textile tuesday apparel fabric

Textile Tuesday: Apparel Fabric with Metallic Embroidery

Apparel Fabric, Asia, 1800-1829, metallic thread, silk Ellyn Webb is a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Retailing and Consumer Behavior and completing a Certificate in Textiles. This textile is from the early 1800s in Asia, made of silk and metallic thread. We do not know exactly which country it is from, […]

Pink Dress for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Silk Dress, Part 2

Dress, United States of America, 1940-1949, silk, 58”x36” Last week’s Textile Tuesday examined the history and provenance of a silk dress in the HLATC collection; this week, a different student examines the same dress from a more personal vantage point. Tess E. Hurley is a student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Textiles and […]

Pink Dress for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Silk Dress

Dress, United States of America, 1940-1949, silk, 58”x36” Corinn Ebelis a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. This dress, a gift in honor of Milwaukee’s Pabst family, is a beautiful memoir of custom dressmaking and embroidery. It shows superior craftsmanship of its time, and pride in the industry’s […]

Close of up red and white patterned textile

Textile Tuesday: Angelo Testa Furnishing Fabric

Angelo Testa, Yardage: “Textura Prima Solida,” United States of America, 1939 –1960, screen-printed cotton, 26 x 24 in. Christine Weiss graduated in June from the School of Human Ecology, with a degree in Textiles. Her senior thesis work is included in the current exhibit, Studying History, Designing the Future, at the Promega Art Showcase. This […]

Textile Tuesday Mesh Purse

Textile Tuesday: Mesh Purse

Mesh purse, metal chain link, United States, early 20th century Shelby Orcutt is a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. The artifact that I choose from the collection is a petite mesh bag from the United States dated from the early 20th century. I was so drawn to […]

Mexican Blanket for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Mexican Blanket

Blanket, Mexico, 1930-1939, wool. April Hoh-Alfaro is completing her undergraduate degree in Textiles and Fashion Design in the School of Human Ecology; she has also worked as an intern in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. I wanted to write about a Mexican textile because I am Mexican, and have grown up with textiles from […]

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SoHE News & Events: May 3-9

Hartley Fellowship | Jackson & Commencement | Textile Video |Papp Honored| Expert Robb| Lussier Nomination Hartley Receives H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship Congratulations to HDFS Associate Professor Sigan Hartley, one of 11 UW-Madison faculty who received a 2019 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship. The award recognizes faculty up to six years past their first promotion to a […]

Peruvian bag

Textile Tuesday: Peruvian Bag

Woven bag, alpaca, Peru, 1930s, 6x6in Molly Burki is a second year student in the School of Human Ecology studying Textiles and Fashion Design. While exploring the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, a small woven bag, about the size of my palm, caught my interest. The design is delicate but complex, a weaving filled with […]

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SoHE News & Events: April 12-18

In Anticipation of Threads 2019 In a few weeks, the Madison Masonic Center will be hosting one of SoHE’s most beloved events Threads: Fashion Show. Threads is a yearly fashion show that showcases Textile and Fashion Design students’ various projects from the school year. Dubbing Helen Louise Allen as the ‘Point of Muse’ for students, […]

Puppet Gloves for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Finger Puppet Gloves

Puppet Glove, Denmark, 1968, 8 in. x 8 in. Alissa Donovan is a 3rd-year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Textiles enrich our daily lives in many ways, and have been doing so since the beginning of civilization. Textiles have served as protection, beauty, practicality, and art. Possibly the […]

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Textile Tuesday: Silver Foil Dress

Dress, silver foil, Reynolds Metals Company, United States, 1968, 37×28″ By Gretchen Meyer, a second-year student in SoHE, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. While browsing through the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, I was in love with so many of the pieces. When I came across this stunning dress – a beautiful, glittery silver shift […]

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Knit-In for the 50th: What a Night!

Members of the Madison Knitting Guild gathered in the Robin’s Nest Cafe on Thursday evening, February 28th, to lead a knit-in, where members of the SoHE community could learn to knit. More than 50 people – students, administrators, colleagues, amateur and expert knitters -came together on a cold night to practice one of the world’s […]

Futon Cover Fragment

Textile Tuesday: Chrysanthemum Print

Futon Cover Fragment, Japan, 1868-1912, 14×13 in  By Sophie Downs, a fourth year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design.  This floral piece of cloth is a futon cover fragment from Japan from the turn of the twentieth century. A futon (pronounced fu-tone not fu-tan) is a Japanese style of bed that is essentially […]

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2019 Collectors Symposium

A Collection that Counts: The History, Practice, and Future of Textile Collecting This symposium was held Saturday April 6 2019. “A Collection that counts brings knowledge, a losing of self in the sorting and arranging, a huge enjoyment in showing the collection, and the acquiring of many new friends both in making and showing of […]

gold and black zardozi purse

Textile Tuesday: Zardozi Purse

Metallic Embroidery, 1960s, India, 5x8x1in. By David Newell, Director of the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, and Marina Moskowitz, Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design This elegant purse was one piece in the original bequest of Prof. Helen Louise Allen to form the textile collection that —50 years on— is such […]