The 50,000 objects in the textile collections fall into two main categories: raw fibers, yarns, and fabrics, and machines, tools, and other textile technology. Shawls, coverlets, samplers, laces, linens, synthetics, and other fabrics are part of the first group, along with the 400 quilts in the National Quilt Collection. Some of the Museum's most popular artifacts, such as the Star-Spangled Banner and the gowns of the first ladies, have an obvious textile connection.
The machinery and tools include spinning wheels, sewing machines, thimbles, needlework tools, looms, and an invention that changed the course of American agriculture and society. A model of Eli Whitney's cotton gin, made by the inventor in the early 1800s, shows the workings of a machine that helped make cotton plantations profitable in the South and encouraged the spread of slavery.
"Textiles - Overview" showing 43 items.
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- The ThomasNet website lists the company as having been established in 1895 and as presently (2006) doing business as a "Manufacturer Of Ceramic Textile Thread Guides" out of Livingston, NJ. Until around 1932-1933, it was located in Brooklyn, NY. Illustration near front of catalog contains the words "Factory Czecho-Slovakia".
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- Page-Madden Co., Inc.
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- Smithsonian Libraries