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Textile Society

The Textile Society is proud to support the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Textiles, one of the most comprehensive, international collections of textiles in the world.

The collection includes outstanding examples of textiles and techniques spanning two millennia from 100 A.D. through the present.

The society furthers the appreciation, collection, and preservation of textiles by:

  • Sponsoring educational and entertaining programs and events
  • Enhancing members' knowledge and appreciation of textiles
  • Encouraging private collecting of textiles
  • Assisting with special publications and exhibitions for the Department of Textiles
  • Supplementing acquisition funds to purchase additions to the collection

Members are invited to exclusive events, previews of textile exhibitions, special museum and departmental programs and lectures, and study trips to view collections.

Members enjoy:
  • Priority use, as time permits, of the special resources, study facilities, and staff expertise of the Department of Textiles
  • Invitations to attend and participate in curator-led previews and tours of Department of Textiles and other major museum exhibitions
  • Special museum and departmental programs and events
  • Study trips to visit and view public and private collections
  • Information on dates and locations of public and private textile collections and exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad.
Membership Levels

Student  $15
Individual  $50
Sustaining  $150
Patron  $250

Care to join us? If you are already a member of the museum, simply fill out and send in our Textile Society membership form, or you can sign up online. If you're not a member, join today and follow the prompt at the bottom of the page for "Affiliate Groups."

We invite your inquiries at (312) 443-9198 or

Kathleen Curtis Wilson, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, delivered the lecture "Irish Linen for Kings and Clergy, Peasant, and Paupers" in support of the exhibition Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840. Check out the video below if you missed it—or if you want to see it again!