May 13, 2011
A stitch in time: Bring vintage clothing, textiles to art museum for evaluation
Would you like to know more about that vintage article of clothing or textile you have, such as what it is, when it was made and how to care for it?
Wonder no more. The Friends of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum is sponsoring Textile Education Day from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.
Experts associated with K-State's department of apparel, textiles and interior design will evaluate your textiles and garments, including needlework and laces; accessories and hats; costume jewelry; quilts and coverlets; vintage men's and women's apparel; and military uniforms.
As many as three items will be evaluated for a fee of $10, with all proceeds going to support the K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum in the College of Human Ecology.
The event also will include demonstrations of Chinese paper cutting, a calligrapher who will write your name in Chinese on a keepsake bookmark, and iced tea and cookies will be served.
Textile Education Day is coordinated by the Friends of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum, the department of apparel, textiles and interior design and K-State's Chinese Student Support Council.
Members participating from the department of apparel, textiles and interior design include Marla Day, curator of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum; Joycelyn Falsken, assistant professor with an expertise emphasis in hats; and Barbara Anderson, interim department head. Others include Ronna Robertson, noted lace maker and tatter; Barry Michie, collector and member of the Friends Board who will identify military and other uniforms; Cecilia Clement, an expert repairer and maker of hooked rugs in the U.S.; and Carole Chelz, president of the Friends of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum board.
The day is in conjunction with the current Beach Museum of Art exhibition "Dragons and Dragonflies," featuring Chinese artifacts from the Historic Costume and Textile Museum. Sets of eight note cards with detailed photographs of many of the items in the exhibit are on sale at the museum's information desk for $12. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum. The exhibition runs through May 30.
For more information about Textile Education Day, contact the department of apparel, textiles and interior design at 785-532-6993.
More information on the Beach Museum of Art is available by calling 785-532-7718 or dropping by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Free visitor parking is available next to the building. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.