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Heard Museum

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry

October 28 – April 5, 2020

Phoenix, Arizona


The Yosemite Valley landscape has long inspired artistic production. Decades before Yosemite became a national park and mesmerized visitors like British artist David Hockney, it was simply the backyard garden of Native American basket weavers. During the early decades of the 20th century, production of baskets in the Yosemite Valley was at its zenith, fueled by a newly established tourism-based economy. Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute women began expanding their practice of making baskets as traditional functional objects, evolving them into objects designed for artistic consumption. The work of these artists is considered to this day a benchmark for excellence in the field.

Image: Carrie Bethel, Mono Lake Paiute, 1898-1974; Basket, 1956, sedge root, dyed bracken root, redbud, willow, 13 x 25”, collection of Stevia Thompson.


San Jose Museum of Quilt and Textiles

Lecture: The Tentmakers of Cairo

November 3, 2019

San Jose, California


In the crowded center of historic Cairo, lies a covered market lined with wonderful textiles sewn by hand in brilliant colors and intricate patterns. This is the Street of the Tentmakers, the home of the Egyptian appliqué
art known as khayamiya.Drawing on historical literature, interviews with tentmakers, and analysis of khayamiyafrom around the world, Professor Sam Bowker will reveal the stories of this unique and spectacular Egyptian textile art. Blending illustrations and real examples, this presentation surveys historic and contemporary khayamiyaso that new examples may be discovered.







The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art

East Jazz / East West Jazz

Thru November 15, 2019

Moscow, Russia


This exhibition features more than 30 unique Central Asian robes and fabrics from the collection of Alexander Klyachin and more than two dozen canvases of post-war abstract painting, collected by Swiss collector Jean Claude Gandyur. Demonstrating various compositions of dressing gowns and fabrics created in the 19th century and abstract paintings of Western artists of the 20th century, learn how the art of anonymous masters of the East directly or indirectly influenced modern and contemporary art.


The Textile Museum, George Washington University

Colloquium: New Threads, Recent Research on Egyptian Textiles

November 8 – 9, 2019

Washington, D.C.


Inspired by new exhibitions on the fashion and furnishings of early medieval Egypt, this colloquium features new research from five distinguished scholars that challenges the concepts of these ancient textile artworks. Advanced registration required. The program also includes curator-led tours of both exhibitions and a first look at the new Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center.


Cooper Hewitt


November 9 – January 3, 2020

New York City, New York


Since Pre-Hispanic times the cochineal insect has been used as a natural colorant by indigenous peoples from the Americas. By the 16th century, the pigment entered the global market and became one of the most coveted and widely traded commodities in the world, a position it would hold for more than 300 years until the advent of synthetic dyes in the mid-19th century. This exhibition explores the enduring legacy of cochineal and its innovative use among contemporary designers from across the Americas through a variety of medium including lacquered furniture, textiles, and works on paper.


Saint Mary’s Cathedral Events Center

Textile Arts Council Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Annual Textile Bazaar

November 9, 2019

San Francisco, California


The Textile Bazaar features unique pieces from vendors who, through their travels, cultural knowledge and collecting history, offer extraordinary textiles for one day only. Shop the treasures of Bali, the Philippines, India, Japan, China, Guatemala, Mexico and more.




Angkuna Kulyuru, Raiki wara 1993, batik on silk. Collection National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Bendigo Art Gallery

Desert Lines: Batik from Central Australia

Through November 17, 2019

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia


Batik, a technique of wax-resist dyeing, was first introduced to Australia’s Indigenous women in 1971, and each of the five central desert communities, Ernabella (Pukatja), Fregon (Kaltjiti), Utopia, Yuendumu and Kintore (Walungurru), has approached the medium in artistically distinct ways. This exhibition brings together about 60 selected works from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, each illustrating the differences in iconography, subject matter, palette and approaches of five central desert communities: Ernabella (Pukatja), Fregon (Kaltjiti), Utopia, Yuendumu and Kintore (Walungurru).


An artwork from the ancient Chancay civilization made of camelid fiber and reed is included in the DMA’s “Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence” exhibition.

Dallas Museum of Art

Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence

Thru January 12, 2020

Dallas, Texas


Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence pairs works from the Museum’s collection of ancient Andean art with a selection of Hicks’ loom-woven, wrapped, twisted, and knotted fiber art, showing how the contemporary artist’s practice has been inspired by the weaving traditions of indigenous artisans from Latin America.













Crow artist. Dress, ca. 1930. Wool, elk teeth, and ribbon. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of the L. D. and Ruth Bax Collection, 1985.46. Photograph © Denver Art Museum.

Frist Art Museum

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Thru January 12, 2020

Nashville, Tennessee


Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art; however, Hearts of Our People is the first major exhibition devoted solely to their work. This groundbreaking and comprehensive project features more than 115 objects—including traditional textiles, baskets, beadwork, and pottery, as well as painting, sculpture, video, and installation art—made by artists working in the United States and Canada from ancient times to the present day.






Textile Tour Highlight

Hungarian Felt Tours

East Hungary April 16–27, 2020

West Hungary September 18-29, 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



Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, Colorado State University

Walking in Beauty: Designs by Orlando Dugi

Thru December 14, 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado


Santa Fe-based fashion designer Orlando Dugi combines beading and feather work from his Diné (Navajo) heritage with sophisticated modern silhouettes to create unique moments of fantasy. This exhibition presents examples of his women’s evening wear and handbags in an exploration of the evolution of this unique designer. Orlando Dugi will speak about his work and career on Nov. 7, 2019 at 7 p.m.


Fanta flag, Ghana, 1930s. ©Karun Thakar Collection.

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

African Textiles from the Karun Thakar Collection

October 11 – December 14, 2019

London, England


African Textiles from the Karun Thakar Collection includes a selection of over 150 textiles from west and north Africa including Morocco, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. Highlighting the sophistication of historical African textiles art and design, this exhibition will examine the links between west and north African textile traditions from one of the world’s largest private collections of African textiles.




Beijing Fashion Institute, National Costume Museum

Ragged Clothing Out of Transcendent Soul

October 19 – December 3, 2019

Beijing, China


One of the many stops for the Boro world tour from the Amuse Museum in Tokyo. This exhibit features the collection of Chuzaburo Tanaka who walked the farming and fishing villages of Aomori from the mid-1960s, searching out these traces of the local love of fabric known as boro.










Elizabeth Talford Scott. Plantation. 1980. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Collectors Circle Fund for Art. © Estate of Elizabeth Talford Scott

Baltimore Museum of Art

Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott

Thru November 30, 2019

Baltimore, Maryland


This exhibit brings together nine artworks—quilts, beaded and glass sculptures, weavings, and more—made separately or in collaboration by mother Elizabeth Talford Scott and her daughter Joyce J. Scott. The two lived together in Baltimore’s Upton neighborhood for more than 60 years until Elizabeth Talford Scott passed away in 2011. Both artists developed extraordinary bodies of work, propelled by their phenomenal skill and shared drive to experiment.





Textile Museum of Oaxaca


Thru January 19, 2020

Oaxaca, Mexico


Deep blue is a color linked to prestige, elegance and fortune. This exhibit brings together the history and lore of indigo as seen through the textiles of western Africa, where a large part of the ancestors of the Mississippi blouses and the coastal musicians of Oaxaca came from.


Museum der Völker

True Good Fabric – Woven and Embroidered Stories

Thru February 2020

Schwaz, Germany


A kaleidoscope of micro-stories on textile art between Morocco and India from the 6th to the 19th century is being created in the museum: the creative conception of a pattern to the intricate coloring of ikat fabrics, cashmere fashion between India and France, or how to wear an Albanian xhybe.


Shawl, 2009. Handwoven golden orb (Nephila inaurata) filaments. On loan from Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley.

RISD Museum

The Art and Design of Spider Silk

Thru April 19, 2020

Providence, Rhode Island


This show explores the capabilities of spiders and how they have inspired and enchanted a host of engineers, artists, and designers looking to reimagine the tensile strength, luster, and beauty of spiderwebs. Sustainable design practices and cutting-edge uses of spider silk are surveyed across contemporary projects including a debut of shawls, by the design firm Godley & Peers, created from silk produced in Madagascar by golden orb spiders (Nephila madagascariensis).








Textile Tour Highlight

 Cochineal, Indigo and Purpura, A Dyer’s Journey with Traditions Mexico

January 25-February 4, 2020

Arguably three of the most iconic natural dyes on earth, cochineal, indigo and shell-dyed purple are the focus of this dyer’s journey and hands-on workshop. Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Oaxaca, to the peaceful weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle, to a small cove on the tropical Pacific which is one of the last places on earth where mollusks are “milked” to create a purple dye.

Meet a collective of weavers and knitters working with brown cotton and reviving a village’s economy, see how cochineal is used in traditional food, immerse yourself in a fascinating indigenous market, swim in the warm Pacific Ocean, see exquisite tapestry weaving, meet a group of weavers who work with shell dyed thread, eat delicious Oaxacan cuisine, travel through the sub-tropical coffee growing mountains of the Sierra Madre and more.




Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, University of Wisconsin

Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas

September 5 – December 6, 2019

Madison, Wisconsin


From the Andes to the Great Lakes, weaving has been a part of many cultural narratives in relationship to community and tradition. The exhibition will survey a group of textiles in North, Central, and South America providing an in-depth understanding of the trade, functionality, design, and value of these objects. It is through this point of connection that the viewer can start to understand more about the relation of Native cultures and the significance of textiles.


Yale University Art Gallery

Ceremonial Dress from Southwest China: The Ann B. Goodman Collection

September 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020

New Haven, Connecticut


This exhibition of over fifteen ensembles showcases the visual imagination, artistic skill, and technical knowledge in the ceremonial clothing of communities living in Guizhou, Sichuan, Hunan, Yunnan, and other provinces of southwestern China. While the Han people make up more than 90 percent of the inhabitants of China, the individuals who created the textiles on display identify as some of the 55 other groups, which are distinguished by lifestyle and language. Worn during life-cycle ceremonies, the clothing on view is made by the women of each community. They gather the cotton and indigo, dye the cloth, sew the garments, and embellish them with batik, embroidery, appliqué, and other techniques, blending traditional motifs with personal taste to create unique works of art.  Image: Woman’s Funeral Tunic and Headscarf, China, Yunnan Province, Malipo region, Yi, late 19th–early 20th century. Indigo-dyed cotton with silk appliqué, silk tassels, metal coils, and glass beads. Yale University Art Gallery, Ann B. Goodman Collection, Gift of Ann B. Goodman


The Textile Museum, George Washington University

Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt

August 31 – January 5, 2020

Washington D.C.


In the early medieval era, the eastern Mediterranean’s palaces, villas, and sacred spaces were richly decorated with hangings, curtains and other luxury fabrics intended for use in a range of sacred and secular spaces. Bringing together rarely displayed artworks from the 4thto 12thcenturies, this exhibition reveals how textiles infused warmth and beauty into Egypt’s interior spaces.  Image: Hanging or curtain (detail), Eastern Roman Empire, Egypt or Turkey, 4th to 5th century. The Textile Museum 71.118. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1950.




Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

Thru January 5, 2020

Los Angeles, California


Since the 1980s, Chinese contemporary artists have cultivated intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality. Their media range from the commonplace to the unconventional, the natural to the synthetic, the elemental to the composite. This exhibition brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history.  Image: Installation photograph featuring Gu Dexin’s Untitled (detail) (1989). © Gu Dexin, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA


Iwatate Folk Textile Museum

Indonesian Backwoods Textiles

Thru November 9, 2019

Tokyo, Japan


Indonesia is composed of several thousand islands and has been regarded as a treasure house of textiles. With a focus on indigenous handcrafted works, this exhibition introduces textiles from the islands of Sumatra, Timor and Nusa Tenggara. These textiles, with unexpected combinations of colors and shapes, abound with primitive energy and provide current-day inspiration.  Image:  Wrapped Skirt, Sumatra Indonesia. Photo credit: Ryohei Sasatani




Textile Tour Highlight

Tribal Weavings of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia

May 14 – 25, 2020

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 the number of communities where women continue to spin their cotton, prepare natural dyes and weave on traditional back-tension looms is limited.

This tour is expertly guided by David and Susan Richardson. Details can be found here www.asiantextilestudies.com/tour.html





Harwood Museum of Art

Embroidered History: Colchas and the Stitch that Defined a Region

June 2 – November 10, 2019

Taos, New Mexico


Colchas are embroidered textiles or blankets whose origins have been traced as far back as the 16th century when New Mexico was New Spain, and expeditions packed with Iberian textiles were making their way up the Rio Grande Valley. Spanning continents and centuries, the Northern New Mexican colcha is a journey of craft, culture, and geopolitics that is defined by the hands of New Mexican women.  This exhibit shares locally made colchas, highlighting the 20th century works of Frances Varos Graves and her masterful assemblies redefined as the Carson colcha. Image: Frances Graves, Virgin on a Crescent Moon c. 1940 Colcha (wool).




Textile Tour Highlight

Colorful India: Textiles, Crafts and Beyond!

February 13 – 29, 2020


This 17-day journey through Rajasthan and Gujarat is a private, small-group tour (max. 12 people) specifically geared to textile enthusiasts. Filled with hands-on textile workshops, visits with local artisan families and collectives, ample time for browsing through shops and markets and a few incredible opportunities to “give back”. Perfect for textile enthusiasts of all sorts, as well as anyone curious about travel to India with its staggering abundance of craftsmanship.



Arvind Indigo Museum at Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum



Ahmedabad, India


The Arvind Indigo Museum will host its first exhibition, Alchemy, inviting contemporary artists and artisans to experiment with indigo in new and innovative ways. An expansive, dedicated space is set to follow later this year which will become the collection’s permanent home. This future home promises to tell the incredible story of indigo — a natural dye which holds a special place in India’s history. Image: Gregory Hildebrandt, Untitled, 2018; photo courtesy Galerie Isa.




Hibulb Cultural Center & Natural History Preserve

Interwoven History: Coast Salish Wool

No closing date set

Tulalip, Washington


Since time-immemorial, Coast Salish people have relied on natural resources to create textiles that communicate status, wealth, and functionality. An almost lost tradition, wool weaving has endured a revitalization over the last decade. This exhibit explores the history of the extinct woolly dog and invites visitors to learn about the fundamentals of weaving, while exploring the materials, techniques, processing, and technology.


Textile Tour Highlight

Sri Lanka: Emerald Island

February 9-23, 2020


Join Lesley Robin in Sri Lanka and discover this tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean situated southeast of India. A cultural melting pot, it is renowned for its ancient cities, Buddhist ruins and temples, with a wonderful and diverse landscape of mountains and forests, wildlife and exotic birds, as well as the rolling hills of tea plantations and small villages of the Central Highlands. Today there is a strong revival of handloom traditions and you will find beautiful contemporary fabrics inspired by the landscape, flora and fauna of this island. A treat awaits you as we visit artisans and communities at work in their homes and villages… earthenware and clay roof tiles, batik and stitchwork, weaving and dyeing. From lowland jungles and tropical coastlines to the misty heights of the Hill Country, come and experience the beauty of this emerald island abundant with superb photographic opportunities



Textile Tour Highlight

Andean Textile Arts Tour to the Cusco Highlands, Peru

This is a yearly tour so if not this year how about next year?


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 Pam Art at pam.art@icloud.com for more information and to register. http://andeantextilearts.org/travel_tours



Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

A Royal Treasure: The Javanese Batik Collection of King Chulalongkorn of Siam

November 1, 2018—May 2021

Bangkok, Thailand


This exhibition is dedicated to showcasing this collection and telling the story of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn’s three trips to Java and his fascination with batik. It presents exceptional examples of batik from His Majesty’s collection which have never been publicly displayed.





Textile Tour Highlight

Silk Study Tour to Japan

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Who goes on the Silk Study Tour to Japan?  Artists, makers, educators, life-long learners, writers, textilians, historians, Japanophiles, and those wanting to learn more deeply about silk and Japan. In this sixth excursion of the Silk Study Tour, the focus remains to foster a continuous thread of communication and education with Japanese silk masters, educators, and artisans that will lead each traveler into a new fiber future. It offers future exchanges of silk information and provides teaching and marketing opportunities on both sides.See traditional Japanese sericulture practices on a farm, visit indigo dyers, and try your hand at katazome.

Contact Glennis Dolce at silkstudytour@shiborigirlstudios.com