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March 2020

Textiles as Resistance

March 21 - April 19
Kunsthal Extra City Antwerp Antwerp, Belgium

Textiles have long been a powerful medium for the expression of identity, especially in times of war and crisis. This exhibit, sponsored by the MoMu Fashion Museum, raises important questions about refuge, resistance, hope, happiness, tradition, beauty, spirituality and decolonization thus stitching together a fuller picture of our modern societies and inspirational people that are beating the odds around the globe. Mashid Mohadjerin created a series of impactful photos and Samira Bendadi wrote an equally exclusive collection of moving stories,…

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April 2020

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

April 4 - September 27
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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Lace from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

April 8 - June 6
Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI United States

Lace is the single largest category of objects in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. How does one make sense of this ubiquitous yet enigmatic material? From fine art on the wall to intimate garments on the body, lace surrounds us yet often goes unnoticed. This exhibition will investigate the complex historical, cultural, technical, and aesthetic histories of lace, changing the ways visitors understand this strong, delicate and beautiful material. Image: Lace handkerchief, Unknown artist, Europe, 1870-1929. Gift from the…

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Anti-Fashion Seminar

April 9 - April 10
Parsons. The Auditorium New York City, NY United States

Since 2014, Li Edelkoort’s Anti-Fashion Manifesto has reset the rules for the fashion industry, inspiring a new generation of brands and designers who disrupt old production and selling methods. Open to students, faculty and professionals (registration required), the conference is a meeting place for new ideas and creative solutions, bringing together the most talented and diverse minds in the fields of fashion, textiles, retail and product design. With a particular focus on sustainable ethics and circular practice, the dynamic conference…

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Textile Travel Felt Tour East Hungary

April 16 - April 27

Hungarian Felt Tours 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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May 2020

Textile Travel Tribal Weavings of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia

May 14 - May 25

Cruise through the last remaining strongholds of ikat woven textiles in the beautiful Lesser Sunda Islands. These remote islands of eastern Indonesia have one of the most diverse textile cultures on the planet. Handwoven cloth plays a pivotal role in the cohesion of all these societies, cementing clan alliances through complex gift exchanges, reinforcing tribal loyalties and underpinning the annual cycle of rituals. As some islanders emphasize, ‘without cloth we cannot marry’. The encroachment of the modern world means that…

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Textile Tour Japanese Art and Crafts

May 23 - June 3

Traditional crafts have played an important role in making the culture of the Japanese distinctly its own. The Textile Society of America is partnering with Peters Valley to host a one-of-a-kind arts and crafts tour of Japan. Visit master crafts people in their studios; enjoy special tours of museums and lectures on the unique architecture of Japan; stroll through enchanting gardens and enjoy delicious cuisine.  The itinerary covers woodworking, paper making, kimono construction, lacquerware, woodblock printmaking, weaving, shibori and indigo…

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August 2020

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

August 27 - September 2

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 - September 9

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 - September 5
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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