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August 2021

Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia

August 11, 2021 - April 10, 2022
The Textile Museum, George Washington University Washington D.C.

  GW Art History Professor Cristin McKnight Sethi invited a group of artists in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan to create new textiles inspired by artworks in The Textile Museum Collection. These contemporary makers interpreted centuries-old textile techniques, patterns and motifs in fresh ways, presenting theirnew works alongside historical counterparts. Image: Embroidered phulkari textile. Photo by Lori Kartchner.

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September 2021

The Stories We Wear

September 25, 2021 - June 12, 2022
Penn Museum Philadelphia, PA United States

Showcasing 2,500 years of style and adornment through approximately 250 remarkable objects, The Stories We Wear reveals how clothing and accessories offer powerful expressions of identity—examining the purpose and meaning behind what we wear. Discover a spectacular array of attire, jewelry, uniforms, regalia, and tattoos. Explore common threads woven throughout stories that transcend language, culture, and time. Associated with this exhibition is a webinar series, “Mayan Threads in Transition: The Stories They Tell.” Learn more here. Image: A Khalkha woman…

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Weaving Splendors: Treasures of Asian Textiles

September 25, 2021 - March 6, 2022
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Persian costumes and textiles from  the museum’s collection will be on display for the first time in decades. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and artistry, Asian luxury textiles were central to global trade. The extraordinary stories of these treasures from the 1500s to today conveys the identities, status, and taste of both local and international patrons and consumers. Image: One Hundred Cranes Imperial Robe (detail), Chinese, Late 17th-early 18th century Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). Embroidered damask,…

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Crossroads: Exploring the Silk Road

September 30, 2021 - March 1, 2022
University of Southern California, Pacific Asia Museum Pasadena, CA United States

  Explore the historic Silk Road in this newly renovated, interactive permanent gallery. The sights and sounds of the journey through Dunhuang, an ancient oasis connecting peoples and cultures, along the southern Silk Road route come to life through stories and music, dress up, tactile objects, an interactive discovery map, and highlights from the museum’s collection. https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/exhibitions/upcoming/

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December 2021

Painted Quilts from the Hopi Mesas

December 29, 2021 - April 30, 2022
International Quilt Study Center & Museum Lincoln, NE United States

The Hopi people of northeast Arizona live in twelve villages dotted across what are referred to as First Mesa, Second Mesa, and Third Mesa. They have a long history of producing beautiful cotton and wool blankets, robes, belts, and ceremonial sashes. Quiltmaking became a tradition after its introduction to Hopi women by Christian missionaries more than 100 years ago. Drawing upon designs unique to their culture, this exhibit features painted quilts of a wide variety, made for wedding and baby…

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January 2022

Surface, Substance and Structure: Selections from California Fibers

January 15 - March 6
California Center for the Arts Escondido, CA United States

  This exhibit of work from the California Fibers group, explores the relationship between the artists and their medium and how concept drives artistic creation and the interplay between concept, material and process. Utilizing textile processes ranging from quilting, sewing, weaving and embroidery to crocheting with thin wires and metal, the artworks transform strands of fiber into works that are at once recognizable and extraordinarily contemporary. Linda Anderson, Dance Break Oaxaca, 2015; cotton, bamboo batting, textile paints, thread.

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Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe

January 28 - April 24
Albuquerque Museum Albuquerque, NM United States

Albuquerque Museum Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe Through April 24, 2022 This exhibition explores the history, techniques, and movement of indigo, tracing the different varieties of plants back to the regions and cultures that have utilized this elusive dye for millennia. Indelible Blue features contemporary artists from around the world currently working with indigo as well as historical objects from Asia, South Asia, Africa, The Americas, and New Mexico. See website for additional programs connected to the exhibit. Image:…

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Kumihimo: The Art of Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO

January 28 - March 6
Japan House, Hollywood & Highland 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Level 2 & Level 5
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States

Japan House Through March 6, 2022 Los Angeles, California This touring exhibition, the first in the U.S., explores the history and art of Japanese silk braiding, or kumihimo (“braided cords”). Produced by Yusoku Kumihimo Domyo (Domyo--a Tokyo-based company that has been making braided silk cords by hand since 1652), the exhibit presents the evolution of kumihimo over centuries. The historical survey introduced some of the most important braiding techniques and tools, plus innovative ways kumihimo is used today. Extensive information is…

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February 2022

Online Presentation: Conversations with Cloth Series 3 – “Stitchery Stories

February 1 - March 31

Slow Fibers Studios presents Conversations with Cloth Series 3 –“Stitchery Stories”. February through May 2022. This is an online presentation via Zoom; registration and fee required. The World Shibori Network launches Stitchery Stories, a new set of programs in the Conversations with Cloth (CwC) series. Presentations by textile scholars, designers, and practitioners will be shared with two programs slated for February: Japanese Folk Stitchery Stories: Sashiko (Feb. 3 at 10:00-11:15 PT) and Japanese Stitchery Now: Story of Sashiko (Feb. 24…

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