Collecting Across Cultures: Japanese Textiles in the West


With gleaming gold thread, delicate hand-painted designs, and bold embroidery, this installation explores Japan’s rich textile traditions as well as the legacy of Western collectors.

Japan’s stylized aesthetic looked fresh and modern to Western eyes at the turn of the twentieth century. Many American collectors—among them architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose Library from the Little House is on view at the Museum—developed a taste for Japanese art that included textiles. Valued as home decor and exhibited in museums, these textiles were admired for their handcraft and as sources of creative inspiration.

This series of rotations features highlights from the Museum’s Japanese textile holdings: the first group will be on view from August 4 through December 4, and will be followed by three further rotations.