Collection of Textile Art
The collection of textile is one of the most extensive collections at Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (ETDM): there are nearly 800 articles representing the work of more than 80 artists. This collection has suffered from most notable losses in the course of time. In 1944, the fire at the temporary building of Estonian Art Museum in Narva road destroyed the entire textile collection; for this reason the examples of pre-war textile art are very few in number. The textile art of the time, having surpassed the era of copying folk art, actively adhered to the contemporary design language. The problem of poor representation of this period has been somewhat alleviated by creating new works on the basis of old original drafts. The collection provides a more substantial overview of the development of professional Estonian textile art since the late 1940s until today.
The collection encompassing tapestry and rugs, fabrics and three-dimensional works carried out in different materials and techniques is complemented by an extensive and continuously growing slide collection and written sources regarding the works and exhibitions of various artists.
Helen Adamson – curator of textile collection.
Phone: +372 627 4603