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African Commemorative Textiles : Other UW-Madison Resources

Area Studies Librarian

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Emilie Songolo
Memorial Library
Room 278F
Subjects: Africa, Ethnic Studies


This guide was created and managed by Kirstie Yu, with support from Emilie Songolo. For questions, contact

African Studies Program

The African Studies Program supports research, teaching, and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, bringing together a rich network of scholars in multiple disciplines, PK-16 educators, and community partners.

Department of African Languages & Literature

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The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

According to their website, "the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection furthers the understanding of human beings within their material and social environments through the study of textiles of artistic, cultural, and historic significance. Our mission is to provide educational resources both within the University and beyond."

The collection is located in Nancy Nicolas Hall at 1300 Linden Drive.

You may also view their digital collection here, which includes 9,000 of their 13,000 textiles.

The School of Human Ecology: Design Studies


Textile and Apparel Design (TAD) Program

Specializing in one of two areas, apparel or textile/accessory, our classes provide hand’s- on creative interaction with materials which build skills while teaching students to think outside of the box. TAD courses teach student to intuitively make, analyze and revise, leading to discovery and innovation in creative problem solving.


Design Studies Graduate Program

The Design Studies Graduate program takes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach toward design and its relationship with human needs and environments, clothing, textiles, and other material objects. This perspective integrates aesthetic, cultural, historical, technical, and behavioral knowledge and methods. Students gain knowledge and insight through descriptive, analytical and creative activities.

To learn more about Design Studies in SoHE, check out their website here.


Threads is an annual celebration showcasing student work from the Textile and Apparel Design Program in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  This large-scale design and fashion event is produced with collaborative participation of students across the campus.  With music, lights, dance and runway,Threads seeks to engage  the Madison community in the excitement and appreciation of contemporary design.