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The Bharat Kala Bhawan (भारत कला भवन) is an art and archaeology museum in Varanasi, India. It houses a collection of Indian textiles, and especially chikan embroidery. The Museum was founded in 1920 and is attached to Banaras Hindu University.

The Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India), houses a major collection of both hand and industrially produced textiles from India, which range in date from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. The Museum itself dates to 1949 and was set up by the industrialists, Gautam Sarabhai and his sister, Gira Sarabhai. Their family owns a large calico printing works, called Calico (also known as the House of Calico).

The China National Silk Museum was opened in 1992 in the city of Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province), China. It has eight permanent galleries, or halls, that cover all aspects of the history of silk production and trade in China.

The Chojun Textile & Quilt Art Museum in Seoul, South Korea, was opened on 27 October 1998 with the express purpose of preserving the traditional Korean patchwork and quilting techniques, and exhibiting comparable products from the rest of the world.

The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum is an educational, exhibition and research facility dedicated to embroidery and the textile arts, especially those from East Asia. The museum is part of Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. The university was established in 1907 by the then Korean royal family. The Museum was established by Dr. CHUNG Young Yang and opened in May 2004.

The Crafts Museum in Lucknow, India, established in 1956, houses an important collection of Indian textiles, including chikan work and zardozi (goldwork embroidery).

The Han Sang Soo Embroidery Museum is dedicated to Korean embroidery. It was established in 2006 by Han Sang Soo (c. 1934), a master embroiderer who is regarded as a 'national treasure' (Intangible Cultural Asset no. 80).

The Hansiba Museum is a traditional crafts museum in Radhanpur, in the western Indian province of Gujarat. The museum was opened to the public in April 2012. The museum is organized and operated by embroiderers of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). It is intended to showcase traditional embroidery and other crafts from across Gujarat and to be a resource centre for designers and researchers in general.

The Indian Museum in Calcutta houses, among others, an important collection of Indian textiles, including chikan work. The museum was founded in 1814 and was closely linked to the Asiatic Society of Bengal (1784). It received items from the India Museum in London when that was closed down and its collection dispersed n 1879.

The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art is the first quilt museum in Japan. The main collection on display consists of the work of Ms. Mutsuko Yawatagaki. The museum was opened in 2006 and is located in the Izumo region, which is widely considered to be one of the cradles of Japanese art and civilisation.

The Liaoning Provincial Museum (Chinese: trad. 遼寧省博物館, simp. 辽宁省博物馆, Liáoníngshěng Bówùguǎn) is located in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. It focuses on history and art. It was established under another name in 1949, and received its present appellation in 1959. It moved into its present new premises in 2003.

The MGC (Mekong-Ganga Cooperation) Asian Traditional Textiles Museum is located in Siem Rap, Cambodia, and was opened in April 2014. It focuses on the textiles and textile production in and from Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Museum of Korean Embroidery (한국자수박물관) is a private museum in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in 1976 by Heo Dongwha and his wife, Park Young Sook. The museum was opened with an exhibition entitled '500 Years of Traditional Korean Embroidery'.

The Museum Tekstil in Jakarta, Indonesia, was established in 1976 on the basis of a donation of some five hundred textiles by the Himpunan Wastrapema ('Society of Textile Friends'). The Museum's collection contains a wide range of warp and weft ikats, batiks, embroideries, beadwork, appliqués, tapestry weaves, and supplementary warp and weft textiles from all over Indonesia.

The National Folk Museum of Korea was opened in 1946 as the National Museum of Anthropology with the stated aim to investigate and study Korean folk life and to acquire and preserve artefacts relating to Korean cultural life. It changed its name to the National Folk Museum of Korea in 1975.

The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles is a specially designed textile and clothing museum that was opened on 9th May 2012. It is named after Queen Sirikit, wife of the former King, and is housed in the grounds of the Grand Palace, Bangkok. The museum contains textiles and garments from Southeast, South and East Asia with an emphasis on the textiles and clothing associated with Thailand and its royal court.

The Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, also known as the Bhutan Textile Museum or the National Textile Museum, was established in 2001. It was set up to promote Bhutan's textile arts and to serve the interests of the weavers in order to preserve traditional textile patterns. The academy and museum want to become the centre for textile studies and research.

The State Museum in Lucknow, India, houses an important collection of Indian textiles, including chikan work.

The Suzhou Silk Museum is located in Suzhou, China. It is dedicated to the history of silk production and Suzhou embroideries. The Museum was opened in 1989. There are old looms and samples of ancient silk designs. One room contains model silk worms (replacing life worms that were in the room before) and  mulberry leaves.

"Tiraz: The Widad Kawar Home for Arab dress" is a private collection of garments, textiles and jewellery, which was built up by Widad Kawar(Amman, Jordan). Tiraz (for short) was opened to the public in 2014. The word tiraz refers to a medieval Arab tradition of embroidering and, later in time, weaving inscriptions into textiles. 

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