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The first national meeting of textile and clothing professors took place in Madison, Wisconsin in June 1959. With a mission to advance excellence in education, scholarship and innovation, and their global applications, the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) is a professional and educational association of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.
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craft of making forges a strong connection to my ancestors who also engaged in textiles and clothing. Draping fabric, hearing the whir of the sewing machine, and hand-printing pattern on cloth recalls images of making doll clothes alongside my mother and watching my grandmother knit spectacular patterns from memory.