Antique Textile



The word antique refers to something that belongs to or made in an earlier period and antique textile refers to any sort of textile product which is valuable primarily because of its age and reflects the beauty, artistry, style and period of its origin.

Sources of antique textile

  • Different types of auctions
  • Specialized antique shops
  • Fairs for antique goods
  • Online sites for antique textiles
  • Markets

Proper Care for antique textiles

Antique textiles need proper handling and good care as they tend to get damaged easily.


  • Antique textiles are usually fragile and delicate so they need cautious handling. Jewellery and other accessories that can cause harm to an antique item should be carefully removed.
  • White cotton gloves can be used while handling such items.
  • It is better to carry an antique textile costume in a white sheet across the fore arms.


  • An antique textile should never be cleaned in the same way an ordinary textile is usually cleaned.
  • It is advisable to use a vacuum cleaner on a very low power setting.
  • Microfilament net can be used to cover flat sturdy textiles while cleaning them.
  • A textile conservator should be consulted for even the slightest dilemma or confusion.
  • Boiling water should never be used while cleaning and washing antique textiles.


Specialized storage solutions can be used for protection of antique textiles.

Antique Textile Fair: The Textile Society of U.K.organizes a textile fair every year where traders from various countries offers an excellent array of antique textiles for sale. Anybody who is even remotely interested in antique textiles, this fair provides a great opportunity to collect all sort of antique textile products ranging from costumes, accessories to furnishing products.

African textiles The weavers, dyers and other textile artists of Africa together makes an active contribution in creating exquisite and amazing range of textiles. African textiles usually embody a great variety of styles. Adinkara, kente and bogolan are some of the some of the African textiles which are becoming increasingly popular while some others like Yoruba, ase-oke and adire are equally beautiful but less well known.

European textiles European countries particularly England, France and Italy occupy a significant position in textile sector. Edmund Cartwright, an English clergyman patented the first power loom in 1785and a French inventor; Joseph- Mario Jacquard introduced the mechanism of supporting the woven patterned textile creation in 1801.

Textile WorldThis term also refers to the name of the North America's leading textile publication which covers and analyzes detail information regarding all the aspects of textile industries from fiber to finished product.