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Florida Tech’s status as one of the premier technological research institutions in the world is unquestionable. That we provide our students outstanding, hands-on research using the best tools and technology available is a given. But our two wonderful university institutions of fine art are preparing for major new exhibitions opening in January that remind us that Florida Tech has a softer side, as well.

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Benefits of your annual tax-deductible membership fee:

  • Advance notification of all cultural and textile-related events on campus
  • Exclusive invitations to textile arts-related events
  • Recognition in the Textile Center publications and the Florida Tech Honor Roll of Donors
  • Satisfaction of being actively engaged in sustaining cultural resources 

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Our Collection

  • Vest - Ruth E. Funk - 1994

    Linen, ultra suede, wooden buttons, lined in polyester

    Gift of the artist
  • Child’s Apron (Lighabi) - Ndebele peoples, South Africa - c. 1960’s

    Canvas, string, glass beads, fiber

    Gift of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth
  • Sampler - England - c. 1670s

    Cavalier and lady worked in colored silks; chenille and silver purl on satin ground in satin stitch; couched work and french knots. Flower and animal motifs

    Gift of William and Myra Mathers
  • Formal Kimono - Japan - Taisho Period (1912-1926)

    Silk; black w/ yuzen painting and cold couching and embroidery; red silk lining w/ surface painting

    Gift of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth
  • Coat (Chapan) - Uzbekistan - c. early 20th century

    Silk, cotton, plain woven, warp ikat, warp faced, printed, hand sewn

    Gift of Ruth Funk
  • Boots - Uzbekistan - c. 20th century

    Cotton, silk embroidery

    Gift of Ruth Funk
  • Othello Coat - Ruth E. Funk - 2005

    Silk, pieced sari fragments from India, tassels from India

    Gift of the artist
  • Shawl, Phulkari - India, Northern India, Punjab - c. early 20th century

    Cotton, silk, plain woven, satin stitch embroidery

    Gift of Ruth Funk
  • Backstrap Loom - Guatemala, Sololá, San Lucas Toliman - c. mid-20th century

    Cotton, plain woven, warp-faced, wood, bamboo

    Gift of Zipporah Schefrin
  • Door Hanging, Toran - India, Western India, Gujarat - 20th century

    Cotton, plain woven, reverse appliqué, embroidery

    Gift of Ruth Funk
  • Woman's Headdress - Zulu, South Africa - c. mid 20th century

    Cotton cloth, fiber, ocher, fat

    Gift of William D. and Norma Canelas Roth