Coat with tooled leather and buckle 1996, Hungary, 2002.06.001
With winter storms and sub-zero temperatures in Wisconsin, we’re featuring a warm woolen coat for this week’s Textile Tuesday. This beautiful piece is on display until April 14 as part of the Design Gallery show Appliqué to Zardozi: A Celebration Sampler. Warm up with a visit to the gallery to see more treasures from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.
“The beauty of the textile collection is that it is not just pieces of cloth; it is textiles in action as clothing, accessories, and applications within a culture,” describes Mark Nelson, Professor, MArch Department of Design Studies, UW-Madison. “I love the set of closures that include buckles and buttons, which remind us that textiles are part of a larger system.”
This large, dense black felted wool and rayon blend coat is long and boxy with wide straight sleeves, a center back vent, and a large square collar. It is lined in black cotton and closes with a decorative black leather strap and gold metal buckle at chest.
In 2019, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology launched a yearlong anniversary celebration of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Over the past half century, the collection has grown from an original 4,000-piece gift to more than 13,000 objects that have inspired and informed thousands of students, researchers, historians, and textile aficionados. The 50-year celebration began on January 27, 2019, with the opening of new Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, a space dedicated to year-round displays of the collections. Activities continue into 2019 with a calendar of public exhibitions, symposia, lectures, and public workshops.