Claudia León ‘23 is making her mark at Cornell with the launch of Social Fabric: Land, Labor, and the World the Textile Industry Created, which is part of a larger series of exhibits called Threads of History: Textiles at Cornell.
Organized by Cornell University Library, this series of exhibits showcases hundreds of years worth of artifacts and documents by virtue of the University archive.
The exhibit that Claudia helped to curate features the pioneers behind the textile and garment industries, who were oftentimes exploited and marginalized. The exhibit draws upon material sourced from the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, and American Textile History Museum. These materials are used to highlight indigenous communities, enslaved people, sharecroppers, women, immigrants, incarcerated people, and workers of the Global South who have been impacted by this dominant industry.
As part of the RAD Public History Fellowship, León created a display case about incarcerated laborers for this exhibit.
Social Fabric: Land, Labor, and the World the Textile Industry Created is open to the public now until September 2023 in the Hirshland Gallery of Carl A. Kroch Library, located in the basement of John M. Olin Library