The URI Historic Textile and Costume range, located in Quinn Hall, contains almost 20, 000 objects. The goal associated with the Collection is threefold:
- Teaching textile, style design, historic costume, and historic fabrics courses within the TMD department and also other departments on campus
- Research by students, professors, and checking out scholars
- Exhibition in Textile Gallery and loans for exhibitions various other museums
Things within the range feature both costumes and textiles from around the whole world. Besides a few pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles and early Egyptian cloths, the initial holdings date on belated eighteenth century. Several choices of handwoven textiles and clothing from Rhode Island households date out of this period. Early everyday wear is among the skills for the range.
Nineteenth-century clothes and add-ons for United states ladies, males, and children are very well represented when you look at the Collection. The Accessions Committee is judiciously incorporating twentieth-century objects, especially designer garments. The ethnographic textiles and costumes come from many countries that have a solid textile heritage. Present improvements to the Latin-American and African choices have actually started an effort to improve the holdings from those places.
The Gallery was established in 1999 after many years of fundraising and renovation associated with space. It functions as a showcase for things through the Department’s Historic Textile and Costume Collection.
Establishing the exhibits (at this time 2-3 per year) is an excellent experience the Department’s graduate pupils while they work at jobs in museums, historic societies and preservation labs.