Textiles Forward

Advancing Material Culture for Future Generations

Textiles are tangible markers of culture. More than just clothing, their materials, techniques, construction, patterns and colors reflect the richness of people’s environments, beliefs and values. Today, more than ever, we have the resources, expertise and technology available to redefine how we approach the preservation and protection of these precious examples of human ingenuity and creative expression.

Many exceptional private collections have outgrown their original circumstances. Likewise, many collectors are keen to know that their hard work and lifelong dedication will live on to delight, encourage and bring joy to people’s lives for years to come. But often, when setting out to organize a legacy, collectors do not know where to begin.

The Tracing Patterns Foundation Textiles Forward Program provides a framework whereby the Foundation can step in and facilitate the ethical and legal forwarding of collections to institutions that will not only treasure them, but are also stable, qualified and in a position to care for and exhibit them.

Given the right context, these collections can take on new life, new purposes and new functions. After all, they are our window to the past. Why not allow them to be our inspiration for the future?


Questions about the program? Please do not hesitate to contact us!