Online Resources

The Textile and Costume Collection is available for browsing and research online through two digital resources: Tapestry and Artstor. Artstor offers the opportunity to view costumes, textiles, and related objects, while Tapestry highlights a sampling of the University’s textile swatches from the turn of the 20th century.


Funded with the generous support of The Barra Foundation, Tapestry allows users to browse and search thousands of historic fabric swatches from Jefferson’s vast textile collection. Accessible to the Jefferson University community and the general public.


1994.8.jpgThe Textile and Costume Collection

The Costume & Textile Collection on Artstor is an updated selection of garments, accessories, and textile related material housed on Jefferson’s East Falls campus. The online Collection currently reflects objects in the following categories: Children’s wear, fans, hats, shoes, Stevengraphs, woodblocks, the Carol Greenberg swatch collection, and Coptic textiles. New items will be added periodically in an effort to reflect the vast holdings of the Collection.


costumeThe Costume Collection

Use this archived collection to access examples of women’s wear, men’s wear, and other garments from the Textile and Costume Collection. Accessible to the Jefferson- East Falls community.

textileThe Textile Collection

Use this archived collection to access examples of textiles and textile-related material from the Textile and Costume Collection, including quilts, fabric swatches, and Stevengraphs. Browse the Collection by item type or search by motif or weave structure. Accessible to the Jefferson- East Falls community.

woodblock-7732188.jpgWoodblock Collection

The Textile & Costume Collection at Jefferson University includes 332 textile-printing blocks originally created in India, likely in the mid to late 19th century into the early 20th century. These blocks, created by hand from wood and metal, were used to create patterns on cloth either through printing or resist dyeing. Their motifs range from traditional Indian designs to those created for the Western market.