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Heard Museum

Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

March 4–5, 2017

Phoenix, Arizona   Learn More

One of the American Southwest’s largest and most prestigious events is the annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. Here you have the opportunity to meet 600 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists, exhibiting their jewelry, pottery, sculpture, basketry, and weaving along with other traditional handicrafts. The Fair is the perfect manifestation of the Heard Museum’s mission to educate the public about the arts and lives of Indigenous peoples of the Americas.

The very first Heard Museum Indian Fair was held in May 1959 to give Native American artists an opportunity to display and to sell their work. Building on the success of the Fair, the first national all-Indian juried competition show and sale, known as the All-Indian Arts and Crafts Exhibit, was first held in November 1968.  This exhibit encouraged Native artists from across the country to enter their best works in hopes of winning prizes and to strengthen their professional reputations and artistic careers. In 1990, the Arts and Crafts Exhibit became the Best of Show Juried Competition and joined with the Indian Fair creating the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. Today, the Fair is a world-acclaimed cultural event, and the second largest market of its kind in the country.

The theme of this year’s fair is Textiles and Weaving. More than 50 textile artists will be exhibiting their work. Master artists will provide demonstrations, sharing their artistic processes and teaching visitors about the extensive world of Native American textiles.

Chefs demonstrating culinary uses of native ingredients and special performances by Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers, R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, and several other highly acclaimed Native American performers round out the festivities. All photographs courtesy of the Heard Museum.


Yale University Art Museum

Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas

February 3–June 18, 2017

New Haven, Connecticut  Learn More

An exhibition featuring the extensive Latin American textile and art collection that Anni and Josef Albers amassed during thirty years of travel and research, primarily in Mexico and Peru.









Ringling House Bed & Breakfast

Iroquois Raised Bead Work: Culture on a String

March 24, 2017

Baraboo, Wisconsin  Learn More

Bead artist, Karen Ann Hoffman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, will share the rich cultural heritage embedded in her beadwork as the keynote speaker during the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail grand opening.






DeYoung Museum

Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions

December 3, 2016–August 31, 2017

San Francisco, California  Learn More

A selection of embroidered costumes and accessories from around the world explore their distinguished craftsmanship and unique social and cultural connotations.







Espacio Gallery


March 1–12, 2017

London, England  Learn More

An international exploration of the threads that transcend divisions of country, culture, language, and religion, featuring the work of more than 50 artists from around the world in this special exhibition for Women’s History Month.


The Refinery Creator Space

Textiles: Traditional to Modern, Handwoven to Hand-dyed

February 24–April 1, 2017

Asheville, North Carolina  Learn More

Fiber artists express their evolving response to the world through textiles. Exhibitors include Catharine Ellis and Barbara Zaretsky.





Woman's Robe from Uzbekistan. 19th century, silk and cotton, the Textile Museum, the Megalli Collection.

Museum of Fine Arts

Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats

March 12– June 4, 2017

Houston, Texas Learn More

Features 50 ikat robes and panels from the Murad Megalli Collection of the Textile Museum in Washington D.C. Additionally, special installations of ikat textiles from India, Japan, and Central Asia from the Museum’s own collection, further showcase ikat traditions from around the globe.

Image: Woman’s Robe from Uzbekistan. 19th century, silk and cotton, the Textile Museum, the Megalli Collection. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.



Textile Arts Council Tour

Of Rainbows and Dragons: Bhutan East to West and Northeast India

September 22–October 9, 2017

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An 18-day tour organized by the Textile Arts Council of San Francisco and led by Asian textile expert, Mary Connors, guides textile enthusiasts through India and Bhutan to visit a variety of fiber artists, festivals, local markets, historic sites, and museums. Registration open now.



Tota Bagh Phulkari, 20th century. Handspun cotton plain weave with silk and cotton embroidery in darning, buttonhole, and chain stitches. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab

March 12–July 9, 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Learn More

An exhibition of the ornate and labor-intensive, phulkari (flower-work) embroidery made by women for weddings and other special events in India and Pakistan. Features 19 pieces made primarily in the 19th and first half of the 20th century. Images: (Top) Tota Bagh Phulkari, 20th century. Handspun cotton plain weave with silk and cotton embroidery in darning, buttonhole, and chain stitches. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Bottom) Bagh Phulkari, 20th century. Handspun cotton plain weave with silk embroidery in darning, pattern, running, chain and cross stitches. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.







Embassy Suites Conference Center

Interweave Yarn Fest

March 30–April 2, 2017

Loveland, Colorado  Learn More

A variety of workshops in spinning, weaving, knitting, and crochet as well as a comprehensive fiber marketplace, which features ClothRoads’ unique artisanal goods from around the globe


Metropolitan Museum of Art

Carpets for Kings: Six Masterpieces of Iranian Weaving

March 3–August 27, 2017

New York, New York  Learn More

This exhibition features six silk Iranian carpets of the 16th and 17th centuries woven in silk and metal thread. They have recently been conserved by the Department of Textile Conservation.






San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design

Felt DeCoded

February 11–June 4, 2017

San Francisco, California  Learn More

An exhibition that decodes the process and analyzes the science to reveal the unexpected beauty and versatility of wool felt.


Fashion and Textile Museum

Festival of Textiles 2017

January 28–May 7, 2017

London, England  Learn More

Discover textile history, tradition, design, and making at a series of displays, talks and workshops. The Festival aims to illuminate contemporary practice and open minds to the ways in which textiles enrich lives.



Purple Bojagi by Youngmin Lee.Mendocino Art Center

Bojagi: The Korean Art of Wrapping Cloths

March 24–26, 2017

Mendocino, California  Learn More

An intensive workshop with instructor Youngmin Lee in how to use many small pieces of ramie fabrics, silk organza, and Korean silk gauze to create a geometric patterned bojagi. Image: Purple Bojagi by Youngmin Lee.




Tamarind Village

Hmong Songs of Memory, Hmong Threads of Life

December 16, 2016–April 30, 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand  Learn More

A multi-media exhibition of photographs, film, artifacts, and textiles highlight the ceremonies and beliefs of the mountain-dwelling Hmong of Southeast Asia. The textiles illustrate the differences between each group’s dress and style of adornment.



Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth across Cultures

November 17, 2016–April 9, 2017

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Learn More

In its newest exhibition, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, invites you to “Enter and be embraced by cloth’s capacity to communicate.” More than 130 handmade pieces from the Museum’s collection, show the significance of textiles in the ritual of every day as well as in the spiritual, ceremonial, and socio-political aspects of our lives.

Museum curators selected exhibition pieces from its collection of 6,000 textiles—the largest collection in Western Canada—amassed over a period of 90 years. Grouped by geographical area, the textiles are arranged to allow detailed examination of the intricate, time-intensive artistry involved in each piece.

Dozens of different materials are represented, from silk to alpaca, from seashells to tree bark. A broad range of production techniques characterize different cultures and time frames. Hand-dyed, indigo-blue batiks from Bali; appliquéd horn button blankets from British Columbia’s northwest coast, intricate geometric patterns of the Shipibo in Amazonion Peru, bark cloth from Tonga and Fiji, and feathered cloaks from New Zealand are a sampling of the items on view.

Layers of Influence provides clear evidence that indeed cloth does communicate—across cultures and time, illustrating human ingenuity and creativity.

Images courtesy of Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia



Bardo Arts Center, Western Carolina University

Soft Diplomacy: Quilting Cultural Diplomacy in Liberia

January 9–May 5, 2017

Cullowhee, North Carolina  Learn More

The exhibition brings together Liberian quilts used in political exchange, depicting political and national themes, highlighting the works of Liberian women from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries who shaped representations of their nation and visualized cultural memory and trauma before, during, and after Liberia’s civil war.




Iwatate Folk Textile Museum

Phulkari–Gleaming Head Covers

Dec 1, 2016–Mar 18, 2017

Tokyo, Japan  Learn More

Exhibition of Phulkari, naturally dyed cotton cloth exquisitely embroidered with silk threads from the Punjab region of India.



San Diego Botanic Garden

Garden Tapestries

January 13–March 31, 2017

Encinitas, California  Learn More

For the first time, the garden-themed tapestries from the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Egypt will be on display at a prominent public garden. The Egyptian artists vividly celebrate the flowers of the desert, villages and Nile River in their work.







Bridal Quran cover from Pakistan

Bridal Quran cover from Pakistan

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Brunei Gallery

Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams

January 19, 2017–March 25, 2017

London, England  Learn More

The Brunei Gallery at the University of London is host to a variety of significant exhibitions, both contemporary and historical, from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The Gallery’s newest offering explores the textile history of the Silk Road. Stretching from Central Asia to Western Europe, the Silk Road is a vast and geographically varied landscape, but it also refers to an area that underwent a thousand years of turbulent history. It is the regional history of the Silk Road that will be explored through the embroidered and woven textiles of the communities who lived north and south of this ancient trade corridor across Asia.

Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams will examine the immensely rich, culturally fascinating, identity of these diverse landscapes through the heritage of their textiles and costumes. The textiles on display are records of significant cultural stories told by women—the guardians of custom and tradition for their individual tribes and communities. Highlights of the textiles displayed include prayer mats from Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, stories from village life in Madhya Pradesh embroidered on silk cloth, an ikat robe from Samarkand, and a resplendent Syrian kaftan.

The exhibition will also include a series of related lectures and will briefly examine the political upheavals that destroyed the lives of the Silk Road communities and their Nomadic, semi-nomadic, and settled lifestyles.

All photos courtesy of the Brunei Gallery.




03-bedouin_webRuth Funk Center for Textile Arts

Traditional Arts of the Bedouin

January 28–April 29, 2017

Melbourne, Florida  Learn More

A presentation of the remarkable work of Bedouin artists not widely known outside their own cultures. Bedouin weaving demonstrates ancient knowledge of natural dyes and fibers and traditional patterns embroidered with symbolic designs.


04-velvet_webArt Institute of Chicago

Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry

October 21, 2016–March 19, 2017

Chicago, Illinois  Learn More

Featuring 44 velvets from the 19th century to the present, this exhibition examines the effects of industry on the design and production of a fabric long associated with status and luxury.







06-joli_webFowler Museum at UCLA

Joli! A Fancy Masquerade from Sierra Leone

December 11, 2016–July 16, 2017

Los Angeles, California  Learn More

This exhibition features a rare group of 11 complex and elaborate headdresses worn in Joli masquerades from Freetown, Sierra Leone, reflecting the blending of cultural influences and peoples.







04-mingeiMingei International Museum

European and Scandinavian Textiles

August 6, 2016–March 12, 2017

San Diego, California  Learn More

Textiles from the Museum’s permanent collection are on view in a special Scandinavian exhibition. Head covers from Croatia, embroidered panels from Greece, and decorative wall hangings from Sweden and Poland are on display along with women’s hats from the Sámi culture in Finland and several other spectacular pieces.




04-ditchlingDitchling Museum of Art and Craft

Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers Celebrate Ethel Mairet’s Legacy

September 17–April 16, 2017

East Sussex, United Kingdom  Learn More

An exhibit to mark the centenary of the first edition of Ethel Mairet’s dyeing and weaving book Vegetable Dyes. The museum is also inviting dyers and craftspeople from all over the world to reproduce many of the recipes in the book as part of the exhibit.






02-sirikitQueen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

Dressing Gods and Demons: Costume for Khon

August 4, 2016–May, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand.  Learn More

The exhibition describes the origins of Khon, one of Thailand’s oldest narrative dance forms, then highlights the modern Khon costumes created for the revival of this important art form.




05. LaoLogoTraditional Arts and Ethnology Center

Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts

Sept 23, 2016- Sept 2017

Luang Prabang, Lao, PDR  Learn More

A special exhibition exploring the importance of nature to culture, focusing on the seed beads from the Job’s tears plant that have been used for costume decoration in beautiful and striking combinations.



Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse

September 23, 2016–April 16, 2017

New York, New York  Learn More

More than 40 works draw attention to issues of sustainability, including the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions, and new technologies in the recycling process. This exhibition is part of New York Textile Month.



05. PeranakanPeranakan Museum

Nyonya Needlework: Craft and Heritage

June 10, 2016–March 31, 2017

Singapore  Learn More

This exhibition, celebrating the art of nyonya needlework—a vibrant part of Peranakan Chinese heritage—includes curtains and hangings, delicate purses, handkerchiefs, and slippers stitched with tiny beads, silk, and gold and silver threads for special occasions and as gifts.




06.SmithsonianSmithsonian Museum of Natural History

Color in a New Light

January 23, 2016–March 2017

Washington, D.C.   Learn More

Follow the theme of color through the vast collections of the Smithsonian Libraries and make unexpected connections. From chemistry to catalogs, from colorblind tests to naturally-dyed yarn (some provided by ClothRoads!), you can enjoy color in a new light.


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