The CIETA is an international association founded in 1954 in order to coordinate work methods used by specialists in ancient textiles. It is based in Lyon, France.
ETN is a non-profit organisation with its seat in Strasbourg and a secretariat in Hanover, Germany. The Network was founded as an International Association after Alsacian law in 1993 under the auspices of the Council of Europe as the Carrier Network for the European Textile Routes in the frame of the Council of Europe´s Cultural Itineraries programme.
ICOM is an international organization of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage – present and future, tangible and intangible. Having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006, it is the world’s largest and most respected organization for museum professionals, boasting over 22,000 individual and institutional members worldwide. Triennial meetings allow all members to meet for discussion and scientific exchanges about their field and the future of museums.
The Social History Curators Group was formed to improve the status and provision of social history in museums and the standards of collections, research, display and interpretation.
DATS was established in 1975. It is subscription-based and currently has 100 individual and forty-nine institutional members. Membership is open to all professionals who are involved with dress and textiles in museums, galleries, historic houses, archives and universities or whose work involves collections-based research. DATS aims to provide links and mutual support for professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland working with specialist collections of fashion, dress and textiles, to encourage sharing and exchanging knowledge, information, skills and resources, to promote best practice in curatorship within dress and textile collections, to encourage and develop expertise, research and scholarship within the profession and to enable those working with dress and textile collections to develop and use their collections for the benefit of the public.
The Costume & Textile Association is an independent charity seeking to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.
The Textile Society of America, Inc. provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives. Established in 1987, TSA is governed by a Board of Directors from museums and universities in North America. Its 700 members worldwide include museum curators, teachers, historians, artists, students, dealers, and collectors. TSA organizes biennial symposia. The juried papers presented at each symposium are published in Proceedings. It also distributes a Newsletter, and a comprehensive textile bibliography, published annually. These Publications are included in TSA membership, but additional copies are available for purchase from the TSA office.
The Textile Society is a unique forum for textile professionals and enthusiasts. The Society promotes the study of textile disciplines and celebrates the history and culture of textiles, both traditional and contemporary. Established in 1982 as an educational charity, the Society gives support to students, designers, historians and practitioners though its educational and professional awards.
The Medieval Dress and Textile Society was founded in 1991 with the aim of providing a forum for all those curious about European clothing and textiles secular or sacred – roughly from the end of the Roman Empire in western Europe until about 1600.
The Kent Costume Trust was formed in 1983 to promote all aspects of costume, costume accessories, and associated textiles, to educate and encourage further knowledge regarding all aspects of costume.
The Society was founded in 1977 to encourage the study and preservation of costume and textiles, and to researching into the history appertaining to their origins and use.
The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume.
The Costume Society of Scotland which was established in 1966 with the aim of fostering an interest in every aspect of costume historical and contemporary in Scotland.
Formed in 1973, the WECS is an inspiring group of likeminded enthusiasts with a passion to study costume, with allied decorative arts and their history - and preserve important and valuable items of dress from the past and present.
The Society exists to promote and encourage the study, preservation and documentation of costume and textiles in the region of Wales and the Marches, and to further research into these subjects, by means of meetings, lectures, exhibitions, visits to collections, publication of articles, exchange of information, and to organise activities to encourage the aims of the Society.