From Field to Fabric at Memphis Cotton Museum

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Ever wondered exactly how a boll of cotton becomes fabric? An interactive exhibit at The Cotton Museum within the Memphis Cotton Exchange exists to tell these stories and more. Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, the cotton exchange is where 1930s farmers sold their yields to traders, who in turn sold the cotton to textile manufacturers.

Today, visitors to the exchange can stand on the original trading floor – fully restored to its 1939 glory – and enter an area once reserved for “members only.” Or, watch videos about the history of the white fabric and its place in Southern heritage. The museum is also currently looking for people with cotton stories to be a part of their oral history project.

For more information, call (901) 531-7826 or visit


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  2. Maurice Searcey

    November 15, 2019 at 11:22 am

    I would like to buy some cotton fabric with close up pictures of cotton in the field to put into a quilt. I have pulled bolls and know about cotton, but just wanted to have some real pictures of cotton on fabric. The hand drawn pictures on fabric do not meet my inspiration. Thank you.

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