Debbie L. Welker

Senior Instructor

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College of Agriculture

Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising


Teaching, Historic Costumes and Textiles



Project Curator, World War II Museum (formerly the National D-Day Muesum) New Orleans, Louisiana

Curator/Marketing Director, Nottoway Plantation,  Restaurant & Inn, White Castle, Louisiana

Current Research

Cotton, Inc. Grant testing, evaluation and performance of cotton fibers and fabrics.

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Apparel Design
  • Apparel Design Studio
  • Fashion Industry
  • Textiles Science
  • Textiles Science Laboratory
  • Visual Merchandising
  • History of Dress and Adornment before 1700
  • History of Dress and Adornment after 1700
  • Field Study in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising, China, Europe and New York City
  • Apprenticeship in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising
  • Project TAM Coordinator, Agriculture Resident College


2000  Welker, D.L. & Kuttruff, J.T., A Black Silk Burial Gown from an 1853 Burial.  The Costume Society of America, Symposium and 26th Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia.


1999  Welker, D.L., An 1853 Female Burial Gown from South Louisiana.  Master’s thesis.  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


1999  Kuttruff, J.T., Three Louisiana Acadian Cotonnade Quilts:  Adding Pieces to a Puzzle. Uncoverings 1999 (pp. 63-86).  American Quilt Group Study, Lincoln, Nebraska.


1997  Kuttruff, J.T., Welker, D.L., Brantley, E., Despa, M.S., & Negulescu, I.I., Evaluation of Fiber         Damage and Conservation Treatments of Mid-Nineteenth Century Burial Textiles.  American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, International Conference and Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia.