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Picture of Ricketts Indigo blue.

2016: Rowland Ricketts

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture — Making: A World of Blue Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6 – 7 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Rowland Ricketts, textile artist and associate professor of textiles at Indiana University, as its 2016 Ruth Ketterer Harris […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

News and Events

Golden Anniversary Events 2019 WFAA Grandparents University®  July 11 – July 26 Inspired by Textiles: A Festival of Performing Arts  October 20 Textiles and Commemoration: A Day of the Dead Celebration  November 1 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Since 1992, we have sponsored free, annual lecture series featuring talks by textile historians, contemporary artists, museum curators, […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

Collection Overview

Mission The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection advances understanding of cultures and their history through engagement with textiles for the creative, technical, and educational benefit of scholars from the University and beyond. It is a teaching collection, with over 13,000 textile artifacts spanning 16 centuries and 108 countries. The nucleus of the Collection was a […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection


Only a small number of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection’s 13,000 objects are on display at any given time. The majority of our holdings are carefully stored in a state-of-the-art storage facility adjacent to an environmentally-controlled classroom that is reserved especially for study visits. Like any campus archive, any UW-Madison faculty, student, or staff […]

TFD Threads

TFD Student Life

Threads Fashion Show Each year, TFD majors collaborate with UW-Madison students across the campus for the Threads fashion show and design event, a professional production that highlights the work of our TFD students. Design Gallery and Textile Collection TFD students have year-round access to two inspirational, in-house resources. The Ruth Davis Design Gallery provides a […]

Visit the Collection

Specific pieces from the collection can be requested for classes, faculty, and students, as well as independent researchers, individuals, and organizations outside the University. (Please note that a $50 donation is requested for visitors outside the University, to help support our privately funded collection). To schedule your visit, please follow the steps below and submit […]