Textiles & Costume

The Allentown Art Museum’s textile collection spans some sixteen centuries and five continents and is unique for a museum of its size. This outstanding and unusually wide-ranging collection cuts across time, cultures, and techniques and has drawn both national and international attention and interest from textile scholars and historians. The collection is comprised of nearly 8,000 textiles and costumes and offers a broad-ranging ethnic, cultural, and historical diversity among the 17,000 works of art that form the museum’s overall holdings. It provides an extensive scope for research, exhibitions, and programming that help expand knowledge of textile art forms and the technologies and cultures that produce them. Above all, it supplies a reminder of the importance of textiles in history and culture, and of the many ways they form a unique part of the fabric of life.