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Published: 07 May 2021

By Andy Ross

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Discovering Textiles - The Chinese Collections in the Field Museum

Chicago's Field Museum houses a collection of Asian textiles from India, Bhutan, Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

In that collection are examples of clothing and costume collected by the Museum in the early 20th Century as well as the Carl Schuster archive of embroidery from China. Carl Schuster travelled through China in the 1930s and assembled his collection to represent the symbolic meanings behind the embroidered motifs. The collection is now well-regarded, not just for its artefacts but for the extensive notes and photographs that accompany it. 

See some of the collection on this page, and read more about the Field Museum's Asian collection of textiles here.