Textiles are often hidden away in museum vaults because they are delicate and difficult to display for long periods of time. This is all the more reason to get out to the Met this Fall and see the Interwoven Globe show, featuring textiles from 1500 - 1800. You will be surprised by the modernity of the patterns and the vibrancy of the colors. You will also find yourself trying to guess each country of origin before reading the identification sign because the melding of cultures through trade is literally woven into the fabric of these tapestries, coverings, and dresses.
More information can be found at http://metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/interwoven-globe
* Image courtesy of metmuseum.org