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CAROLINE AND H. MCCOY JONES DEPARTMENT OF TEXTILE ARTS

The Fine Arts Museums’ textiles collection boasts more than 12,000 textiles and costumes from around the world. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of its type in the United States. It comprises costume and costume accessories; loom-woven textiles; non-woven fabrics such as bark cloth, felt, and knitting; and objects whose primary decoration is produced through techniques such as beading and embroidery.

With holdings that span two and a half millennia and represent cultures from 125 countries, the textile arts collection enables the Museum to draw connections across cultures and enrich its other collections. Highlights from the collection include extraordinary Turkmen carpets, rare 12th through 15th-century Central Asian and North Indian silks, the most important group of Anatolian kilims outside Turkey, European tapestries, and contemporary fiber art.