The CIETA

The Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens (CIETA) is an international association founded in 1954 to encourage and promote research into historical textiles. Its seat is in Lyon (France), at the musée des Tissus, and its official languages are English and French.

Members are either institutions (museums, specialized libraries, university departments or other research units) or individuals (professionals in the research and preservation of historical textiles, namely museum curators, conservators, university professors and independent scholars). Currently, about 450 members represent 30 countries world-wide.

Since the CIETA’s foundation its members have sought to establish a precise terminology for the tools, processes and structures of silk-weaving. Since the 1950s they have published a number of vocabularies, each focusing on one particular language, with the definitions of the terms listed and their equivalents in a set of other languages.

The CIETA also offers Technical Courses, during which the participants learn to understand the construction of woven textiles, to use the appropriate terminology, and to represent the construction of a fabric in a weave diagram.

Over the years, CIETA members have prepared a substantial number of precise descriptions – the so-called “dossiers de récensement” – of historical textiles. These documents are available for study at the Centre de Documentation of the musée des Tissus in Lyon by prior appointment.

Every other year, the CIETA invites its members to an international congress whose programme follows a general theme. The congresses are held in different cities, usually at the end of September or the beginning of October. They provide a platform for the exchange on research projects and an opportunity to discover textile collections and discuss objects and approaches.

A selection of congress papers are published in the Bulletin du CIETA. Members regularly receive information on textile exhibitions, publications, conferences and other activities related to our field of research.

Directing Council

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Prof. Dr. Birgitt Borkopp-Restle

President

Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
3012 Bern
Switzerland – Suisse

Tel (+41) 31 631 3202
Email birgitt.borkopp@ikg.unibe.ch 

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Clare Browne

Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Victoria and Albert Museum
2 Burnham Road
North Creake
Norfolk NR21 9JP
United Kingdom – Royaume Uni

Email clarewbrowne@gmail.com

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Dott.ssa Chiara Buss

Textile History Studio at SIRIN
Via Vela, 15
20133 Milano
Italy – Italie

Tél. (+39) 329 5654 337
Email textile.history.studio@gmail.com 

 

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Dr. Sjoukje Colenbrander

Rembrandtlaan 169
3443 EE Woerden
Netherlands – Pays Bas

Tél. (+31) 20 59 86 903
Email s.colenbrander@gmail.com

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Christine Descatoire

Conservatrice en chef
Orfèvrerie – textiles occidentaux
Musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen Âge
6, place Paul Painlevé
75005 Paris
France

Tél. (+ 33) 1 53 73 78 00
Email christine.descatoire@culture.gouv.fr

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Dr. Ingrid De Meûter

Curator of Tapestries and Textiles
Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire
Parc du Cinquantenaire, 10
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium – Belgique

Tél. (+32) 2 741 74 20
Fax (+32) 27 33 77 35
Email i.demeuter@kmkg-mrah.be

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Pascale Gorguet Ballesteros

Conservateur en chef
Musée Galliera – Musée de la Mode
de la Ville de Paris
10, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
75116 Paris
France

Tél. (+33) 1 56 52 86 00
Fax (+33) 1 47 23 38 37
Email pascale.gorguetballesteros@paris.fr

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Dra. Concha Herrero Carretero

Conservadora
Dirección de las Colecciones Reales
Patrimonio Nacional
28071 Madrid
Spain – Espagne

Tél. (+34) 91 547 53 50
Fax (+34) 91 454 87 21
Email concha.herrero@patrimonionacional.es

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Dr. Tatiana Lekhovich

Curator of Textiles
West European Decorative Art Department
The State Hermitage Museum
Dvorzovaya nab. 32-34
St Petersburg 190000
Russia – Russie

Tél. (+7) 812 110 96 17
Fax (+7) 812 571 87 96
Email lekhovich@hermitage.ru

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Prof. Lesley Miller

Professor of Dress and Textile History
(University of Glasgow)
Senior Curator of Textiles and Fashion
Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
United Kingdom – Royaume Uni

Tél. (+44) 0207 942 2664
Email le.miller@vam.ac.uk

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Pamela A. Parmal

David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5523
United States – Etats Unis

Tel. (+1) 617 369 3975
Fax (+1) 617 262 6549
Email pparmal@mfa.org

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Dra Maria Manuela Santana

Curator
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda – Museu
Largo da Ajuda
1349-021 Lisboa
Portugal

Tél. : (+ 351) 918 113 381
Fax (+ 351) 21 364 8223
Email manuelasantana@pnajuda.dgpc.pt

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Dr. Regula Schorta

Direktorin
Abegg-Stiftung
Werner-Abegg-Strasse 67
3132 Riggisberg (Bern)
Switzerland – Suisse

Tél. (+41) 31 808 12 01
Fax (+41) 31 808 12 00
Email schorta@abegg-stiftung.ch

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Sharon S. Takeda

Senior Curator and Department Head
Costume and Textiles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States – Etats Unis

Tél. (+1) 323 857 60 81
Fax (+1) 323 857 62 18
Email stakeda@lacma.org

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Kirsten Toftegaard

Museumsinspektør /Curator
Designmuseum Danmark
68 Bredgade
1260 Copenhagen K
Denmark – Danemark

Tel (+45) 33 18 56 65
Fax (+45) 33 18 56 66
Email kto@designmuseum.dk

 

 

 

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Dr. Angela Völker

Reisnerstrasse 38/9
1030 Wien
Austria – Autriche

Tél. (+43) 1 718 70 88
Email angela.voelker@gmail.com

Dr. Alexandra Palmer

Senior Curator
Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Curatorship
Royal Ontario Museum
100, Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
Canada

Tél. : (+1) 416 586 56 32
Fax : (+1) 416 586 58 77
Email alexp@rom.on.ca

Dr. Annette Paetz gen. Schieck

Direktorin
Deutsches Textilmuseum Krefeld
Andreasmarkt 8
47809 Krefeld-Linn
Germany – Allemagne

Tél. (+49) 2151 9469 454
Fax (+49) 2151 9469 4 55
Email annette.schieck@krefeld.de

Dr. Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur

Kuratorin
Kunsthistorisches Museum
Kunstkammer
Burgring 5
1010 Wien
Austria – Autriche

Tél. (+43) 1 525 244 404
Email katja.ledebur@khm.at

Guillaume Verzier

Président du Directoire
Manufacture Prelle
7, rue Barodet
69004 Lyon
France

Tél. (+33) (0)4 72 10 11 40
Fax (+33) (0)4 72 10 11 41
Email g.verzier@prelle.com

Melinda Watt

Chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator
The Department of Textiles
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60603
United States – Etats Unis

Tél. (+1) 312 443 3676
Fax (+1) 312 214 4304
Email mwatt@artic.edu

Prof. Dr. Feng Zhao

Director
China National Silk Museum
73-1 Yuhuangshan Rd.
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310002
China – Chine

Tél. (+86) 571 70 68 138
Fax (+86) 571 70 68 136
Email zhaofeng1961@gmail.com

THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

President                   
Prof. Dr. Birgitt Borkopp-Restle 

Vice-Presidents                      

  • Pascale Gorguet Ballesteros (France)
  • Dra. Concha Herrero Carretero (Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries)
  • Prof. Lesley E. Miller (English-speaking countries, except USA and Canada)
  • Dr. Regula Schorta (German-speaking countries)
  • Sharon S. Takeda (USA and Canada)

General Administrative Secretary
Agnès Colas

General Technical Secretary
Marie-Hélène Guelton

Treasurer
Marie-Claire Noyerie

Editors of publications:
Bulletin

  • Dr. Regula Schorta

Gazette

  • Dr. Angela Völker
  • Pascale Gorguet Ballesteros
  • Danièle Véron-Denise

Statutes

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