Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Culture – Infused Fabrics:
Textile and Clothing Course Options at IAIA

In the beginning years, the Institute of American Indian Arts offered a variety of textile and clothing design courses. Lloyd Kiva New taught the Printed Textiles courses, creating silk wall hangings and hand-dyed cotton fabrics that adorned the campus dormitories and common areas. Josephine Wapp (Comanche) was the instructor for the Traditional Techniques courses, which focused on Native clothing-making styles and modern adaptations of garments and accessories. These electives continued to be popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s.








(L-R) IAIA student with embroidered Pueblo kilt at one of the many exhibits that showcased student and faculty work, ca. 1960s. Courtesy of the Archives of IAIA.

Textile by Maxine Gachupin (Jemez), ca. 1966. Silkscreened cotton muslin fabric. Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. J-17.

IAIA Director Lloyd Kiva New and a student holds a textile by Maxine Gachupin, ca. 1968. Courtesy of the Archives of IAIA.


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