The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology (SoHE) strives to cultivate a deeper understanding of human relationships in communities and environment. One exploration of these connections is through material history. The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection in SoHE houses over 13,000 textiles, each with distinct origins and histories. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) manages the collection, organizes tours and hosts events like the Textiles from Home exhibition. Little prior knowledge about textiles or material culture is necessary to appreciate the history behind these artifacts or to enjoy the beauty they hold.
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