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The Textile Art Collection presents extraordinary and rare, antique* (*pre 1900)  selections of Japanese textiles...

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.

Clothing design evolved throughout Japanese History, into an exquisite art form that subtly conveys their innate sense of elegance and style. These incredible textiles have been carefully cherished and preserved as family heirlooms for centuries – 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. This Collection has been acquired over the past 27 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.
                    Terry S. Riordan Warth, Ph.D.

Dr. Warth has been involved in the collection and sale of rare Japanese textiles for over 27 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."

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