New Exhibit Now Open: “Celebrating Creative Hands–Yesterday and Today”

New Exhibit Now Open: “Celebrating Creative Hands–Yesterday and Today”

The Fashion Archives & Museum is pleased to announce that its latest exhibit, Celebrating Creative Hands–Yesterday and Today is now open during regular operating hours. It is a first ever collaboration with the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild. The exhibit combines guild members’ creations made using traditional techniques and historical examples of the same techniques from the museum’s permanent collection.

FA&M director, Dr. Karin Bohleke notes “Textile techniques of the past continue to thrive, and the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers are true artisans, bringing traditional practices into the twenty-first century. Viewers will enjoy viewing handspun linens and clothing dating back to the 1780s, as well as garments from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This is the FA&M’s first partnership with the fiber arts community, and it certainly will not be the last.”

Handweaving is not the only fiber art highlighted in the exhibit: examples of quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet, spinning, and tapestry illustrate over two hundred years of talented artisanal work. Examples of the necessary tools are also included.

A joint regional symposium hosted by the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the Costume Society of America (CSA) will take place in conjunction with this exhibit on November 10 through 12. Anyone interested in attending should visit CSA’s website for program and registration information as plans develop (

Celebrating Creative Hands is open through November 22, 2022, but will be closed on July 4 and September 5 for the Independence and Labor Day holidays respectively.