Eastern Europe
India and Pakistan
The Silk Road
Global Connections


Costume and textile traditions from around the world display cultural characteristics and cross-cultural influences that are often linked to circumstances of climate and geography. Google Earth technology affords an opportunity to locate an object’s place of origin on a map, and to explore how climate, urbanization, terrain, and development of transportation networks play important roles in shaping costume and textile traditions. Patterns, designs, and embellishments used in producing a textile or costume may show influences of cultures other than that of the maker, and may incorporate materials and dyes acquired in trade. Textiles continue to be important items of exchange, and their purchasers often appropriate and absorb design ideas and technologies from other cultures into their own textile traditions. The selections featured here also examine the purposes for collecting and the varying interests of some key donors to the Henry Art Gallery’s collection.

The Google Earth maps have tags that indicate the towns, villages, divisions, and countries that are places of origin for pieces in the Henry Art Gallery’s collection. Explore the four regions and the world map featured here. Return to the Henry’s Website and select Collection Search to view all of the costumes and textiles from the locations indicated on the map.

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The Henry's Google Earth Experience

Four major regions included in the Henry's costume and textile collection are represented here. Select the name of a region below to launch a Google Earth experience.