The Design Center to Showcase Philadelphia’s Textile Heritage in ‘Art in the Age’ Exhibit

Sarah Moore, collections curator of The Design Center at Philadelphia University, will curate an exhibition for Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, a gallery in Old City, during the month of December. The exhibit, entitled “Fabric of Philadelphia,” will draw from The Design Center’s extensive rare and historic textiles and fashion collection to highlight the textile history of Philadelphia andPhilaU’s leadership in the textile industry history.

“No city had a wider range of textile products, churned forth by factories in Kensington, Germantown, Frankford and Manayunk,” the exhibit description says. “At the turn of the century, roughly seven hundred separate companies operated in textiles alone, employing some sixty thousand people. … Philadelphia represented prowess in production, the American apex of skill, versatility and diversity in manufacturing.”

Moore’s selection includes wintry Victorian-era prints, 1960s woven samples, hand-carved woodblocks and swatchbooks. All of the pieces will be on display at Art in the Age, located at 116 N. Third Street, Philadelphia, from Dec. 2 to 31.

The opening ceremony for the exhibit will be held in conjunction with Philadelphia’s First Friday celebration in December on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will include a weaving demonstration by Betty Lertdarapong. Moore will also host a screenprinting workshop on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, click here.

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