Costume and textile collection

Collection Data

The Costume and Textile Collection is comprised of textile fabrics and personal clothing such as: Yoruba women's cloth, West African strip weaving, tie-dyed cloth, woven bags and mats, men's fashions in selected African societies, i.e., ensembles, tams, sandals, etc.; women's fashion in West Africa, Fon appliques, raffia cloth, leatherwork, and shoulder capes from Surinam. Also included are masquerade costumes and uniforms of the Ku Klux Klan and Pullman porters. There is also a tapestry from the American Modern Master Tapestry Collection after a 1975 design by Romare Bearden titled, "Spring Festival". Most items are from Africa and date from the early 1900s to present.
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1900 - 1991
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division
Shelf locator: Sc Art (Costume and textile collection)
Textile fabrics -- Africa
Textile fabrics -- Suriname
Costume -- Africa
Appliqué -- Benin
Tapestry -- United States
Clothing and dress -- Africa
Clothing and dress -- United States
Dress accessories -- Africa
Dress accessories -- United States
Content: Title devised by cataloger.
Preferred citation: From the collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor Lenox & Tilden Foundation, Arts & Artifacts Division.
Physical Description
Extent: 13 uniforms.
Extent: 45 African cloths.
Extent: 70 garments.
Extent: 1 costume.
1. African Fabric Collection 2. Applique Collection 3. Costume Collection 4. African Fashion Collection 5. Uniform and Personal Clothing Collection 6. Tapestry and Rugs Collection
Type of Resource
Three dimensional object
RLIN/OCLC: NYPG085000077-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11486930
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5fee3160-da3d-013c-3aba-0242ac110003
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