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Spinning Yarns, Telling Tales about Textiles

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Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This 1980 issue of Art to Zoo explores the storytelling potential of textiles and the ways textiles can be used to enliven many areas of the curriculum. The textiles range from household items to the Star-Spangled Banner to an Egyptian mummy's wrap. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

Large Bull Mummy/1

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Small Bull Mummy/1

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

The Star Spangled Banner

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Spinning Wheel

National Museum of American History

Making Clothes for the Boys in the Army

National Portrait Gallery

Cotton Weaving

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Balls Of Cotton Thread: Brown & White.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Raw Cotton

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Cotton

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Silkworm

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Silkworm

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Silkworm

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Wool

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Forked Stick & Wool

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Wool

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Wool, Raw

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Wool, Dyed

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Sheep

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Sheep Resting

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Sheep

Smithsonian American Art Museum