Press Release

May 25, 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Donation to the Muzeul Textilelor, Băița, Hunedoara County, Romania.

The Muzeul Textilelor recently received an important donation of 1,871 costumes, accessories and textiles from The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City. This group encompasses artifacts from near 100 cultures around the world, including pieces from eastern European countries, and in particular Romania. This donation enriches the Muzeum Textilelor’s existing collection of approximately 10,000 pieces.  

The Museum will use this unevaluable donation for exhibitions, scholarly research, students’ studies, and publications. “The Opposite Cultures—Romanian and Japanese Traditional Costumes” to open in spring 2019 at the ASTRA Museum in Sibiu, Romania, will be the first exhibition to include pieces from The Met’s donation.

We are enormously thankful to our American colleagues for their generous support toward our young Museum. The Muzeul Textilelor formally opens on May 26 and will open to the public on May 28, 2018.

Apr 15, 2018
Opening of the Muzeul Textilelor in Baita, Hunedoara County, Romania

The inauguration of the Muzeul Textilelor will be on May 26, and the opening to the public on May 28, 2018.

The Museum is owned by Florica and Romulus Nicolae Zaharia and their daughter Ana Teodora Dragus. The textile collection, formed during the last four decades, encompasses approximately 12,000 textiles and tools. Its focus is on textile materials and techniques used worldwide. The Muzeul Textilelor is the first museum of its kind in Romania and, to our knowledge, in all of Eastern Europe.

The two inaugural exhibitions reflect the type of collection the Museum houses, and its mission. Textiles-Art and Necessity: Highlights of the Muzeul Textilelor Collection displays examples of textiles from various cultures including fabrics made of a wide range of textile fibers, as well as tools, costumes and accessories, and textiles for interiors. The Mathematics of Weaving: Work by the Students of Hunedoara County, at the Museum’s Art Café, demonstrates our commitment to working with the young members of the community. Both exhibitions are curated by Florica Zaharia.