Educational institutes

Educational institutes

The Art Research Center (ARC) of Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, was established in 1998. The ARC conducts historical and social research and analyses tangible and intangible cultural properties, such as visual and performing arts and craftsmanship, but also records, organises, preserves and disseminates the research outcomes.

CIETA is an international textile society that was founded in 1954. The abbreviation CIETA stands for Centre International d'Études des Textiles Anciens. It is based at the Museum of Textiles, Lyons, France.

The full title of this institute is 'The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion'. It is located at Blythe House in West London. The Centre was opened on 8th October 2013 by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and is financially supported by the Clothworkers Foundation, London.

The Conservatoire des Broderies de Lunéville was established in 1998 in Lunéville, France, with the aim of highlighting and preserving the craft of embroidery production, as exemplified in the famous Luneville embroidery, including the broderie perlée et pailletée.

In 1992, the French couturier, François Lesage, set up a school for embroidery, and each year some 400 students attend the courses being given.

This engraving by the German craftsman, Elias Porzelius (1662-1722), dates to 1689. It is called the Embroidery Lessons, or the Embroidery School. It shows a group of women and girls engaged in various forms of embroidery. 

'The Embroidery Workshop' is an oil painting by Pietro Longhi (1701/2-1785; aka Pietro Falca), now in the Museo Correr in Venice. It shows a group of women being engaged in various activities related to embroidery.

CIETA is an international textile society that was founded in 1954. The abbreviation CIETA stands for Centre International d'Études des Textiles Anciens.

The Hirosaki Kogin Institute was established in 1942, initially with the name of Hirosaki Homespun LLC, as part of the NPO Kimura Industry Institute (est. 1932). It was set up to provide guidance and instructions to the newly developed local wool industry.

The Historical Needlework Resources is an ongoing project with digital information about pre-sixteenth century needlework and its technques.

The Kaiserlich-Königliche Fachschule für Kunststickerei ('Imperial and Royal Vocational School for Art Embroidery') in Vienna was founded in 1874 by Emilie Bach with the support of Anton, Freiherr von Banhans, at that time the Minister of Trade. Emile Bach was its first director. The School was apparently closed in 1918.

The International Textile Collection was formerly, until 2019, known as the ULITA Archive of International Textiles. It now forms part of Special Collections, Leeds University Library. 

The Japanese Embroidery Center, Kurenai-kai, Inc. is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and was founded in 1989 by Shuji Tamura and his wife, Masa Tamura. It is a non-profit educational centre set up in order the promote traditional Japanese embroidery (nihon shishu), including beadwork.

Japanese Embroidery UK is the UK branch of the Japanese Embroidery Center (Georgia, USA), which itself is closely linked to the Kurenai kai organisation in Japan.

Kurenai kai was established some forty years ago by the Japanese craftsman and author, Iwao Saito. He wanted to promote and hand down the long tradition of Japanese embroidery. The organisation wants to spread the technique and spirit of embroidery to the general public through workshops. The centre is located in Togane City, Chibu Prefecture, Japan. 

The Leek Embroidery Society and the associated Leek School of Embroidery were founded in 1879/1880 by the embroideress Elizabeth Wardle and her husband, Thomas Wardle. The Society, initially called the Leek Sewing Circle, produced both domestic and ecclesiastical embroidery work, that was granted prestigious awards for its fineness and high quality. Most of the work, including the dying, took place in Leek, Staffordshire.

The London Embroidery School is a subsidiary of the embroidery company of Hawthorne & Heaney,. The School organises classes and weekend workshops, and sells all sorts of embroidery materials. The School is located at Hawthorne & Heaney, 59 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 9UN. 

The Museum Schaustickerei in Plauen, Germany, houses a large collection of embroidery machines. Plauen is the city where the first hand-embroidery machine was developed that produced tulle lace (in 1881). The museum is housed in a former factory building where machine made embroidery was produced since 1889.

The Needle and Bobbin Club was an organisation founded in the USA in 1916 by Gertrude Whiting, to promote and encourage research into all kinds of fabrics and textiles. The Club published a journal called The Bulletin of the Needle and Bobbin Club.

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