Folklife Festival T-Shirt Collectors

Visitors, volunteers, and staff who make the Smithsonian Folklife Festival an annual event in their lives often collect Festival T-shirts. Here are photos of  T-shirts from the past. Most of the ones shown are from the collection of Arlene and Pete Reiniger, both staff at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

T-shirt models are:
Meredith Adhikari, Peace Corps Participant Assistant
Diana Bossa-Bastidas, Colombia Participant Assistant
Anna F. Kaplan, Rhythm and Blues Participant Assistant
Jeannette Lara, Housing Coordinator
Arnie Malin, Foodways Coordinator
Pamela Rogers, IT Specialist
Reshma Sinanan-Hill, Production Manager
Laura E. Smith, Participant Coordinator
Claudia Telliho, Financial Management Specialist

  • Shanti sinanan

    Enjoy the festivities, and keep up the wonderful work. Lady in the blue T, I love you.

  • Reshma

    The lady in blue says love you back!

  • Natalie

    loved seeing the T-shirts – I wish I had started my collection sooner. I have just begun to cut the shirt images in preparation for making a T-shirt quilt. Some of the shirts are Folkways shirts, and one is the SI 150th birthday shirt. I hate cutting them, but there are so many, I don’t have time to wear them all. Thanks Ann and Pete for sharing.

  • Natalie

    Correction to message of 7/07/2011 – THANKS Arlene and Pete (not Ann) – my lapse in memory.
    QUESTION: Is there a T-shirt archive of any kind that would provide identification as to year of a particular T-shirt, since many do not have a year printed. For instance, the shirt in image 14 above (orange with dragon), does not have a year, or program identification – and of course, I did not bother to record that information myself. I hope someone can help regarding this shirt, as well as others.

    • Sojin Kim

      The shirt you asked about is from the 2007 “Mekong River: Connecting Cultures” program.

      • Sojin Kim

        Correction! Our designer reports that the orange T-shirt with the dragon is from the 2008 Bhutan program.

  • apk

    tişört modelleriniz cok güzel 😀 şimdiden giyene h.o 😀

  • Kayan Yazı

    tasarımlar çok güzel. paylaştığınız için teşekkürler. umarım Türkiye’de de bunlardan bulabilirim.

  • Watch Online

    The shirt you asked about is from the 2007 “Mekong River: Connecting Cultures” program.