In 1995 Dr Ruth Barnes founded the Oxford Asian Textile Group with the aim of making the Oxford textile collections better known to specialists and the interested public.
Oxford has unusual and important collections of textiles from Asia and the Islamic world. The University’s Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum have major holdings. In the Department of Eastern Art in the Ashmolean there are more than 3,000 textiles from Asian cultures, while the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum are believed to number twice that. However, OATG also looks outside Oxford and welcomes speakers and contributors to its journal from all around the world.

OATG offers an annual programme of events including lectures, study visits and seminars, covering a wide range of subjects. OATG publishes Asian Textiles three times a year.

As well as this website, OATG has a blog and a facebook page which have topical material as well as abstracts from the journal. You do not have to be a specialist to become a member, everyone with an interest is welcome.