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April 2020

The Cloth that Changed the World: India’s Painted and Printed Cotton

April 4, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Royal Ontario Museum Toronoto, Ontario Canada

The painted and printed cottons of India changed human history; they revolutionized art, fashion and science wherever they went around the globe. Featuring pieces from the Museum’s world-renowned collection, this ROM original exhibition explores how over thousands of years India’s artisans have created, perfected and innovated these printed and painted multicolored cotton fabrics to fashion the body, honor divinities, and beautify palaces and homes. Discover how through trade-routes, encounters, and exchange, these cloths connected cultures and, quite literally, changed the world.…

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August 2020

Quilts of Southwest China Virtual Tour

August 6, 2020 - October 4, 2020

Museum of International Folk Art. Exhibit Walkthrough: Quilts of Southwest China http://www.internationalfolkart.org/exhibition/2890/quilts-of-southwest-china https://youtu.be/2xTU5ybcl4Y In southwest China, traditional bed coverings, clothing, and household items have long been made from patched and appliqued scraps to create artistic and functional textiles. This short YouTube video walks you through the 2017 exhibit of Chinese quilts of southwest China. Embodying layers of history, identity, and expertise, these quilts reveal new insights into the contemporary lives of minority communities adapting to a period of great change…

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Andean Textile Arts Online Auction benefitting the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco

August 27, 2020 - September 2, 2020

Mark your calendars. Andean Textile Arts is holding an online auction to benefit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). About 50 textiles, both vintage and recent from CTTC, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador will be available for previewing August 15. The auction goes live 8:00 a.m. EDT on August 27th. More information, including a link, will be sent out August 14.  August 27 – September 2, 2020 Preview auction items https://www.32auctions.com/abidforthefuture?mc_cid=eecbe1368b&mc_eid=ccd074e530'        

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Andean Textile Arts Tour to the Cusco Highlands, Peru

August 29, 2020 - September 9, 2020

Join Andean Textile Arts for ten remarkable days visiting artisans in remote weaving villages plus stops at many of the greatest archeological sites of the Incan Empire, including two days at the citadel of Machu Picchu. Nilda Callañaupa, the founder and director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, will accompany the tour to the weaving communities. The final day is spent in Lima, with a viewing of the Amano Museum’s private collection of exquisite pre-Columbian textiles. Please contact…

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September 2020

The Selvedge World Fair

September 3, 2020 - September 5, 2020
Virtual Event

The Selvedge World Fair, A Celebration of Cloth, Culture and Creativity.  September 3 – 5, 2020. London, England. The three-day virtual event will present the work of master artisans, bringing together varied, and in some cases endangered, textile traditions from around the world. Visitors will be able to buy handmade treasures, take part in online workshops and watch and participate in talks on textile-related themes. Expect indigo dyers from Japan, baskets makers from Swaziland, and rug weavers from Uzbekistan, plus…

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Textile Travel Felt Tour West Hungary

September 18, 2020 - September 29, 2020

If you’re a feltmaker or want to be one, this tour offers five days of felting workshops with master felters, visits to art studios, folk art festivals, craft markets and so much more. Discover the country of Hungary through their feltmaking traditions. Small group size. www.felttours.com Contact Flóra Carlile-Kovács at flora@florafelts.com

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November 2020

Interweaving Cultures along the Silk Road

November 3, 2020 - December 13, 2020
Spencer Museum of Art Lawrence, Kansas United States

The name “Silk Road” describes the many different trade routes that flourished between Europe and Asia from the 2nd century BCE to the mid-15th century. ​This virtual exhibition highlights objects from the Spencer Museum of Art that reflect how artwork, design, trade goods, medicine, religion, and people traveled both over land and by sea and stimulated new cultural forms and ideas in Asia, Africa, and beyond that continue today.  Image: Unknown maker from India or Pakistan; embroidered cloth, 1800s–early 1900s;…

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Colcha Embroidery – Online Exhibit

November 3, 2020 - November 26, 2020
Española Valley Fiber Arts Center New Mexico

Online Exhibit: Colcha embroidery, a folk art characteristic of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, has deep history, traditions, and cultural expression. During the Spanish colonial era, the Churro sheep's wool was spun into yarn and dyed with local indigenous plants as well as with cochineal and indigo imported from the Spanish Empire. Today, colcha embroidery artists continue to practice this art form in private homes and small circles. Image: Jardin de la Primavera / Springtime Garden by Julia R Gómez.…

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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World by Virginia Postrel

November 3, 2020 - December 3, 2020

New Book Recommendation: The Fabric of Civilization is more engaging and informative than any textile science or textile history course that I studied in college. Postrel has distilled thousands of years of the making and manipulation of string (thread) into a comprehensible read whether or not you have knowledge of its invention or the current bio-engineering research. She has woven in personal experiences; interviewed historians, computer programmers, scientists, textile archeologists, and contemporary and indigenous artisans; and gone behind the scenes in…

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Textile Tour of Bhutan

November 18, 2020 - December 8, 2020

Textile Tour of Bhutan November 18 – December 8, 2020 https://textiletrails.com.au/2020/01/18/2020-textile-tour-of-bhutan/ This magical journey will wind through fertile valleys and villages, traversing the country to reach the little-visited textile heartland of kushutara, the Bhutanese handwoven brocaded dress, in Eastern Bhutan. This tour has been crafted especially for people who love textiles, craft and local culture and who seek the immersive experience of travelling with Wendy Garrity, who has lived and breathed Bhutan and is passionate about the Bhutanese people, their…

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