The Textile Art
Collection presents extraordinary and rare, antique*
selections of Japanese textiles that have been carefully cherished and
preserved as family heirlooms – some for centuries.
Clothing design evolved, throughout Japanese History, into an exquisite art
form that subtly conveys their innate sense of elegance and style. The unique qualities of
each garment were achieved through the skills of individual artisans who
either hand wove, hand dyed and painted, or hand embroidered each piece to
special order for the upper classes. These labor intensive efforts were
reflected through meticulous, time consuming, artistic detail, in addition
to the use of such priceless metals as gold, platinum and silver. These
incredible textiles reflect an indulgence and desire for luxurious fabrics,
blending the evolution of Japanese culture with its history. The
results are museum quality, one of a kind and increasingly rare.
Originally, only members of the Imperial Court could wear silk. Today, this
has led to severe limitations in availability and number of these wonderful
antique textiles. It has also made these rare pieces more difficult to
obtain, as many of the families who own such treasures will only make them
accessible to those in their own inner circle.
has been acquired over the past 25 years of extensive travel and residence
in Japan, as well as through contacts who are descendents of Japanese
royalty. Each of these irreplaceable Works of Art includes a
Certificate of Authenticity.
S. Riordan Warth, Ph.D.
Dr. Warth has
been involved in the collection and sale of rare Japanese textiles for over 25 years. The Textile Art Collection (TTAC) has
provided textiles throughout the U.S. to premier Japanese antique stores such
as the Flying Cranes Antiques, Ltd., in New York City, with gallery
showings at Artique in Anchorage, Shiki in Atlanta,
Judith Dowling Gallery in Boston and in specialty catalogues like Gump's.
In addition to lectures given at the Museum of History and Art at the request of the Japanese Consul General
in Anchorage, TTAC has also presented at the Southeast Museum Directors
Show, an invitation only screening, and has provided antique Japanese
textiles to museums around the world. Dr. Warth's articles on Japanese Costume
are available through Arts of Asia
Magazine: "The Evolution of the Japanese Haori" and "An Overview of Boys Kimono."
For Decorating Ideas:
Photos Using Japanese