This textiles preserved by Janet Ruth McCann Robinson during the 1900's comprise the backbone of this collection. These textiles are primarily focused on dressmaking, since Ms. Robinson was an accomplished teacher, designer and seamstress.
American Textile History Museum
Located in a former mill town in Lowell, Massachusetts USA, the museum features a comprehensive collection of locally-made textiles. The richness of this resource is impressive, with the majority of the collection dating from 1860-1940. Most of the collection is in the form of mill samples. The samples were kept originally as a record of production or were developed as a selling tool for the mill or its agents. The sample collection number in the millions and include cotton, woolen, worsted, silk, and synthetic fabrics produced by hundreds of American manufacturers. These small swatches of fabric are invaluable because they were never used, and so retain the original colors and finishes of the fabric so often lost through years of exposure to light, air, wear, and cleaning processes. No other institution has such a breadth or depth of American mass-produced textiles.
McCord Museum of Canadian History
The McCord Museum of Canadian History is considered to be the leading collection of Canadian dress, with over 18,000 garments by Canadian designers. The McCord contribution will start with a small collection of hand-woven textiles dating from 1940 to 1955 by Quebec designer, Karen Bulow.
This private collection contains hundreds of textiles from the 1890's through the present day, preserved by an anonymus Minnesotan. The focus of the collection is woven textiles and those with interesting textures.
Albert Photographic Collection
From the noted photographer Jim Albert, this collection represents digital textiles as an expression of nature. The tesselated textiles provide an important source for scene designers, fashion and game developers, to name a few groups in the world-wide audience for this collection.
Harlequin Theatrical Collection
The Harlequin Theatrical Collection contains special effect digital representations of textiles constructed for theatrical productions. This is a living collection. As requests for this type of textile are received, they will be posted on Virtual Textile and become available licensing.
Keith Steele Photographic Collection
This collection of digital textiles is based on photographs and standards set by the late Keith Steele, one of the members of the original Virtual Textile project team. Keith's contributions to the Virtual Textile project and venture are part of his legacy of vision and appreciation of life. The textiles in this collection currently number over 1,000 and are expect to grow as his students and friends continue his textile and photographic legacy. These digital textiles are eminently suited to gamers, scene developers and other graphic users.
Museums, Collectors and Cultural Groups
Museum or other collection owners who are interested in joining the digital conservancy efforts that are being performed by the Virtual Textile Project can explore the ways that priceless textiles are being preserved for the generations to come.