Asian Textile Database now available in CAMEO
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, in cooperation with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, in cooperation with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, has created the Asian Textile Database, an open-access resource to facilitate the international study and appreciation of Asian textiles. Begun in 2005 as a digital inventory of textiles used to mount East Asian scrolls, conservators working with textile scholars realized the impact this growing resource of technical data could have on research in the field. Because historic Asian textiles are inherently fragile and scattered in collections across the globe, access is often restricted making comparative analysis difficult. Research is siloed because there is no repository of data that is generally available and updated. The Asian Textile Database is a Mediawiki solution that invites art historians, conservators and conservation scientists to share information, collections and cooperate in building this international research tool.
The Asian Textile Database can be accessed at cameo.mfa.org