The Seal and the Shield

From its founding in 1884, Philadelphia University has been a national leader in textile education. Today, programs encompass textiles, architecture, business, fashion, design, health and the sciences. The seal represents our first programs in the chemistry of dyeing and finishing, and mechanics of textile manufacturing.

Elements of the Seal

Shuttle: A boat-shaped device that carries filling yarns through the warp shed in the weaving process. 

Skein: A continuous strand of yarn or cord of any desired length in the form of a collapsible coil.

Retort: A glass apparatus used for distilling.

Alberia: A plain shield without ornament or armorial bearings.

Chevron: Represents the gables of a house and thus protection.