036-038 Museum of International Folk Art textile collection information


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036-038 Museum of International Folk Art textile collection information


A printout from the website of the Museum of International Folk Art describing the textile collection and Alexander Girard's contribution.




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Columbus, Ind.

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301 Washington Street Collection (C0001), Series I. Subseries b., Box 1 Folder 11, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, BCPL Archives, Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN; 301 Washington Street: Cornerstone of Columbus, Indiana (digital collection).

Bibliographic Citation

Museum of International Folk Art textile collection information, 3/27/2002, 1/11, 301 Washington Street Collection (C0001), Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, BCPL Archives, Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN.


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Printout of a website
Typewritten text (sheet 1):
International Textiles and Costumes http://www.moifa.org/PermanentCollections/textiles.html
Estimated to number about 17,000 textiles, costume and jewelry pieces, these impressive collections are international in scope, yet local and regional in focus. They include significant selections of Mexican and Guatamalan Indian costumes, Swedish and Central European costumes and textiles, Palestinian costumes and amulets, and East Indian textiles and costumes.
A good part of the collections emphasize the textiles and costumes of highland people worldwide from the Andes, the Atlas mountains of North Africa, the Himalayas, the Carpathian range in Europe and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. While there are selections of older and ancient textiles, the collections are generally 19th and 20th century in date and frequently illustrate changes which occur in living cultures.
By far the largest holdings of the Central American collection are the extraordinarily rich indigenous dress collection of Mexico and Guatemala. This maringuilla (Little Mary) costume was worn by a male dancer at San Lorenzo, Michoacán, a small village in the Tarascan highlands. The dances are part of the winter ceremonial season in the highlands that chronicle the birth and death of Jesus.
[illustration] Winter Ceremonial Festival at San Lorenzo, Michoacán, Mexico. 1987. Photo by Marsha C. Bol.
[Illustration] Costume assembled and skirt, underskirt, and apron made by Maclovia Anguiano, Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro, Michoacán. 1987. Mask made by Joaquin Amaro Bravo, Angahuan Michoacán. 1987. Carved, painted wood. Collection of the International Folk Art Foundation. Photos by Michel Monteaux
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Typewritten text (sheet 2):
International Textiles and Costumes http://www.moifa.org/PermanentC0llections/textiles.html
New Mexico
MOIFA houses the finest collection of 18th-19th century New Mexican Hispanic textiles in the world (approximately 313 pieces). Blankets labeled as "Rio Grande" comprise the largest portion of these textiles with a smaller number of other Hispanic weavings and embroideries. This is a Vallero-style Rio Grande blanket whose name derives from the small village of El Valle in the canyon east of Trampas. All are brilliantly colored, flamboyant, and characterized by eight-point stars. This motif has known popularity in a number of cultures throughout history. It was a popular textile form in the eastern United States during the 19th century with resemblance to common quilt patterns, Jacquard-woven coverlets, and the American Flag.
[Illustration Rio Grande blanket. c. 1870. Two widths seamed, commercial and handspun wool. 2.19 x 1.24 meters. Fred Harvey Fine Arts Collection, International Folk Art Foundation Collection. Photo by Cradoc Bagshaw.
Though MOIFA has an unusual and very rich highland Asian collection from Burma, Bhutan, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, Afganistan, Uzbekistan, and China, the strength of the Asian textile collection is South Asia (Indian Subcontinent or Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh). The toran from Saurashtra, Gujarat, India, is hung above the door on ceremonial occasions as a sign of welcome. The top panel is the work of the Mahajan people while the lower tabs were embroidered by Mochi leatherworkers. Toran. Saurashtra, Gujarat, India. Late 19th century. Embroidered mirrorwork, silk on silk and cotton, 28 1/4 x 5.2 1/2 in. Girard Foundation Collection. Photo by Michel Monteaux.
Permanent collections
Spanish colonial art
contemporary southwestern hispanic art
international textiles and costumes
world folk objects
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Typewritten text (sheet 3):
International Textiles and Costumes http://www.moifa.org/PermanentCollections/textileshtml
Bobbie Sumberg, Ph.D., Curator of Textiles and Costumes
Spanish Colonial Art | Contemporary SW Hispanic Art | International Textiles and Costumes
Recycled, Re-Seen | MOIFA Home | Who We Are
©1997 Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Museum of International Folk Art (N.M.), “036-038 Museum of International Folk Art textile collection information,” BCPL Archives, accessed October 29, 2020, https://bcplarchives.omeka.net/items/show/93.