Lace fragment (detail), Italy, 17th century. Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection T-0703. Photo by Bruce M. White Photography.

This online roundtable explores the rich traditions of lacemaking through examples from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection. International scholars, artists and designers will present multiple dimensions of the global art, from its history and globalization to innovations, fashion and artistic creativity.

Hosted by The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, this program is a partnership with Bard Graduate Center, New York, and Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is supported through the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection Endowment.

About the Collection

The Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection represents a lifetime of collecting by business leader and philanthropist Lloyd Cotsen (1929-2017). Comprised of nearly 4,000 fragments from all over the world, the collection offers insights into human creativity from antiquity to the present. Cornerstones of the collection include fragments from Japan, China, pre-Hispanic Peru and 16th- to 18th-century Europe. The entire collection is available online.

How to Participate

To join us for the roundtable, please register early. Once you have registered, we will email you links and details for joining each day of the roundtable on Zoom. We will also email registered participants a full program with a detailed schedule.