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Green: the Color and the Cause
April 16 - September 11, 2011

Visit www.textilemuseum.org/green to learn more, explore all the works on view and join the "green" conversation.

Many cultures traditionally associate the color green with nature and its attributes, including life, fertility and rebirth. In recent years, green has become the symbolic color of environmentalism. This exhibition will celebrate green both as a color and as a cause, exploring the techniques people have devised to create green textiles, the meanings this color has held in cultures across time and place, and the ways that contemporary textile artists and designers are responding to concerns about the environment.

The exhibition will include a selection of work from the Museum’s collection, along with extraordinary work by contemporary artists and designers from five continents.  For the first time in the Museum’s almost 90 year history, this exhibition will present two site specific installations― a handmade paper sculpture of the eco-system of coastal New Jersey which emulates the ebb and flow of an important estuary and a lace-covered arbor in the Museum’s garden embedded with grass seed which will sprout, mature and die during the period the exhibition is on view. Like all of the contemporary works, these installations will help continue today’s Green conversation.

The Green exhibition and website are made possible in part through generous support from The Coby Foundation, Ltd., E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, an anonymous donor, Virginia McGehee Friend, and Martex Fiber Southern Corp. / Jimtex Yarns.




Artist Unknown, Sash
India, late 18th century
Silk, metal-wrapped yarns
The Textile Museum 6.315
Photo by Renée Comet


Jackie Abrams
A Woman of Substance
Recycled silk blouses, waxed linen thread, 2010
Photo by Liz LaVorgana

Nancy Cohen
Estuary: Moods and Modes
Handmade paper, wire, 2007
Photo by Ed Fausty

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