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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 […]

Block print

2018: Marina Moskowitz

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Thursday, November 1, 2018 7 – 8 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Prof. Marina Moskowitz as its 2018 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer. Prof. Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, […]

Examples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

HLATC Tour Request Form

Request to view items in Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection To schedule a visit to the Collection, please fill out and submit this form. Requests need to be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to preferred date of visit. Confirmation of availability will be sent within 3-4 business days. This Collection is open Monday-Friday. Fields […]

Noa Raviv fashion design Hard Copy collection

2017: Noa Raviv

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Monday, November 6, 2017 7 – 8 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Noa Raviv as its 2017 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer Noa Raviv, an emerging Israeli fashion artist and designer, will speak publicly on “The Power […]

Lia Cook face artwork

2013: Lia Cook

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture — Weaving and Innovation Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:30 – 6:30 pm Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Building 1550 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Lia Cook, Professor of Art from the California College of the Arts, as its 2013 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer […]

Patrice George

2014: Patrice George

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture — Seven Fibers that Changed the World Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:30 – 6:30 pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L160 University of Wisconsin — Madison 800 University Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Patrice George, Assistant Professor in the Fashion Institute of Technology, New […]

Elena Phipps

2015: Elena Phipps

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture Global Color: Textiles, Dyes, and Colors in the Interwoven Globe, 16th-18th centuries Thursday, March 12, 2015 6 – 7 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive, Madison The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Dr. Elena Phipps, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, […]

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

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture 2019 | Henry Drewal “Come to your senses! Understanding arts everywhere… and the arts of Yoruba people in particular” This presentation invites the audience to come to its “sense-abilities” in its engagements with the arts. People feel and think with their “body-mind,” an idea whose universal relevance Dr. Drewal explores by […]

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

Visiting

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 […]