Global Textile Events
Your Monthly Calendar of World Textile Events
The Art Institute of Chicago
Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes
February 23 – June 23, 2019
Over the course of millennia, textiles were the primary form of aesthetic expression and communication for the diverse cultures that developed throughout the desert coasts and mountain highlands of the Andean region. Worn as garments, suspended on walls of temples and homes, and used in ritual settings, textiles functioned in multiple contexts, yet, within each culture, the techniques, motifs, and messages remained consisten
This exhibition features over 60 textiles along with a small selection of ceramics from the museum’s collection that together explore the ways select Andean cultures developed distinct textile technologies and approaches to design. While emphasizing the unique aspects of each culture and highlighting Andean artistic diversity, the exhibition also invites comparisons across cultures and time periods. These objects speak to shared ideas concerning everyday life, the natural world, the supernatural realm, and the afterlife, demonstrating a unified visual language that spans the Andes region from its ancient past to modern communities.
(Top Image) Lambayeque; north coast, Peru; Patch, 1000/1476; Cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave; 17.8 x 15.2 cm (7 x 6 in.); The Art Institute of Chicago, Kate S. Buckingham Endowment; 1955.1750
San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show
San Francisco, California
Feb 7–10, 2019
The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show enters its 33rdyear with over 70 dealers and special exhibitions. Works range from the finest textiles and rugs from North Africa, Asia, North America, and India through remarkable stone and wood carvings from Indonesia, Africa, and Oceania. Special exhibitions include “African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent with Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher” and “Fiji—Art and Life in the Pacific”, a rare preview of some of the work that will be in a major exhibition opening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the fall of 2019.
Lecture: The Seven Thousand Year Conversation: Tracing Ancestry through Weaving Traditions in the Asia Pacific Region
San Francisco, California
February 9, 2019
Scholar Chris Buckley, a researcher in textiles, weaving technologies, and traditional culture, will discuss one of the last and greatest of human migrations–the Austronesian journey from the Asian mainland via Taiwan and across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In the past two decades, stories have emerged of human migrations over thousands of years and across vast distances. Most of this work has been led by linguists and geneticists, yet material culture also has a unique role as a marker of culture. Austronesian sailors carried with them a suite of textile techniques that originated on the Asian mainland in the Neolithic period, including yarn preparation, a distinctive body-tensioned loom and the warp ikat technique. Image: Weaver from the island of Lembata, Indonesia, weaving a cloth for a sarong with ikat decoration, using a body-tensioned loom.
Southeast Textile Symposium: Deeper Than Indigo
February 21– 23, 2019
St. Augustine, Florida
This symposium investigates the rich history of St. Augustine and the Southeastern United States through the lens of the indigo trade and the repercussions of slavery and colonialism. Explore this history through the hues of this fascinating and widely revered natural dye.
Royal Museum of Art & History
VIIIth International Conference on Indigenous Textiles of the Americas
March 18–22, 2019
This conference is being held in conjunction with the exhibit Inca Dress Code: Textiles and Adornment of the Andes which closes March 24, 2019. Topics include pre-Columbian textiles as well as historic and ethnographical textiles produced by the Andean nations.
Now thru March 31, 2019
Artist Laura Anderson Barbata worked in collaboration with The Brooklyn Jumbies, Chris Walker and Jarana Beat presenting, through music and character design, a reminder of the global resonance in the face of the crisis that affects the lives of people of African descent. Image: Oaxaca Textile Museo
Now thru April 28, 2019
Native Fiber brings together a breathtaking array of work by contemporary Native American fiber artists from throughout the Great Lakes region. Comprising work of thirty-one artists and one artist guild, representing twenty tribal nations, the exhibition features an expansive definition of fiber art, from quillwork to cordage, bead work, weaving, birch biting, leatherwork, and quilting. Repeating iconography and subjects run throughout, including symbols of healing, forgiveness, women’s experiences, subjugation, and transformation. Together, the works attest to the diverse life and vitality of Indigenous fiber arts today. Image: Samantha Jacobs, Bee-utiful, 2018; brain-tanned deer hide, fox fur, silk velvet, glad beads, caribou fur, sinew; 12”x12”x12” each. Photo courtesy of Samantha Jacobs.
Applique to Zardozi: A Celebration Sampler
January 27–April 14, 2019
Helen Louis Allen taught weaving, embroidery and the history of textiles for more than forty years at UW-Madison, starting in 1927. In her global travels she collected 4000 textiles that were bequeathed to the university in 1969 and are the basis of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Twenty-six international pieces were chosen to feature the breadth and depth of the collection.
One of A Kind, Ahead of Her Time: The Legacy of Helen Louise Allen
January 27–April 18, 2019
Guest curated by Lynn K. Mecklenburg, the inaugural exhibition of the textile gallery showcases collection pieces representing the travels of Helen Louise Allen (1902-1968). One of A Kind Ahead of Her Timeinvites gallery goers to consider the woman, the collector, and the educator who looked at textiles as carriers of human culture, a thought that remains relevant in today’s diverse and globalized world. Image: Helen Allen
thru June 27, 2019
Leiden, The Netherlands
Velvet is one of the most luxurious textiles that has been produced in Europe and elsewhere for at least one thousand years. Despite the fact (or perhaps because of it) that it is very expensive to make, in both time and raw materials, velvet became an essential item for any self-respecting royal court or church in Europe and is now made and used in many places throughout the world.
The Velvet! exhibition features over 100 garments and textiles, dating from the late fifteenth century to the present day. This feast for the senses features velvet samples of cotton, linen, mohair, silk and wool, velveteens, kuba velvets, children’s garments and wedding dresses, plus a wide range of velvet hats. For a brief introduction to the subject of velvet, please click here. For the complete list of objects that are being displayed, with direct references to the TRC online catalogue, click here. Image: No. 46. Part of a velvet ‘crazy quilt’ made from various types of velvet (1890’s, USA; TRC 2018.2407).
Andean Textile Arts Tour to the Cusco Highlands, Peru
October 21-November 1, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register. http://andeantextilearts.org/travel_tours
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection
February 3 – July 28, 2019
Over sixty Central Asian ikat robes and wall hangings from the Silk Road area of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, are featured in this exquisitely rich exhibit. It examines how the region’s designers, dyers and weavers used improvisation and abstraction to create textiles unique to Central Asia.
For thousands of years, the Silk Road was the center for commerce—textiles being some of the most highly prized and traded, particularly the woven silk ikats. During the 19th and 20th centuries, ikat underwent a renaissance in Central Asia. Artisans from these oases towns experimented with motifs and colors traditionally found on decorative objects producing sophisticated and complex luxury fabrics for their patrons. Whether worn on the body or used to decorate the home, these textiles resonated against the Central Asian landscape.
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Designed to Mobilize: Propaganda Kimono 1920 – 1945
January 26 – May 4, 2019
This exhibition features over 75 historic textiles which focus on the iconography, motifs, and metaphors displayed in objects manufactured as propaganda during the World War II era – also known as the Asia-Pacific War (1931 – 1945). Produced within a nation primed to advance its cultural identity on the world stage, textiles provide an important lens for understanding the role of consumerism, coercion and fashion during a remarkable and controversial period of transition. Curated exclusively from the Center’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents kimono and associated textiles from one of the most distinctive periods of textile production in Japanese history.
Asian Art Museum
Feb 8-May 5, 2019
San Francisco, California
In the early 1980s, Japanese avant-garde designers took Paris by storm, disrupting the world of haute couture with their minimalist, deconstructed clothing. But this was not the first time that Japanese design principles had transformed international fashion. Instead, as Kimono Refashioned reveals, kimono, its materials, forms, techniques and decorative motifs, has inspired designers for more than 150 years. Featuring over 35 garments from the Kyoto Costume Institute, this exhibit shows how the kimono continues to be a fertile source of ideas for contemporary designers.
Collecting and Recollecting: Contemporary Quilts in Western India
February 22–July 14, 2019
People make quilts throughout India. These diverse, beautiful textiles represent a wide range of geographical, ethnic, and social groups, and help tell the stories of their individual makers. Drawing from intensive field work and interviews, this exhibition introduces a group of quiltmakers from villages scattered across the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Their stories afford insight into the quilts themselves, and both objects and text help viewers appreciate the lives of women in this part of the world.
Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cultures of the World
Fast Fashion. The Dark Side of Fashion
Open thru February 24, 2019
Fast fashion. The dark side of fashion takes a critical look behind the scenes of the global textile industry and encourages them to engage with the topic of fashion consumption and its social and environmental consequences. It presents not only examples from different fashion segments, but also nine contemporary artistic positions of different genres, which critically deal with fast fashion and its consequences. In this way, scientific research, documentary material and artistic reflection complement each other.
The second part of the exhibition offers the alternative—slow fashion, representing the tradition and presence of textile designs of selected regions of origin, as well as alternative materials and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. This fashion enjoys a growing cultural, social and economic attention: Kantha embroidery from northern India and Bangladesh; Alpaca designs from Chile; Ikat from East Indonesia; Bilum clothing from Papua New Guinea; Lotus silk from Myanmar; Brocade weavings from Thailand; Batik works from Indonesia; Bark bast textiles from Uganda, and Faso Dan Fani from Burkina Faso.
Read a review of the exhibit by Sue Richardson.
Iwatate Folk Textile Museum
Kilims: Rugs for Daily Use in the Villages of Afghanistan
Open thru March 16, 2019
Many caravans came and went on the Silk Road and diverse nomadic tribes moved expecting grassy plains. Starting in 1977, Iwatate Hiroko traveled Afghanistan for seven years, collecting flat-woven kilims, salt bags, tent bands, embroidered clothing and felt coats. These necessities of nomadic life are on special exhibit.
The Israeli Museum
Fashion Statements: Decoding Israeli Dress
June 14, 2018–April 6, 2019
Based on pioneering research, Fashion Statements surveys a century of dress in Israel. The exhibition explores the late 19th-century indigenous pre-Zionist “fashion,” the opposing forces of Europeanism and Orientalism that converged in the early decades of the state, and, finally, the place that Israeli creativity holds on the global fashion scene today. Through a sumptuous display of clothing, fashion sketches, films, and fashion photography, this large-scale exhibition illustrates the broad scope of fashion in Israel, from its deepest historical roots to contemporary collections, fostering a dialogue about tradition and modernity, myth and reality, and conflicting ideologies.
From Kente to Kuba: Stitched Textiles from West and Central Africa
December 7, 2018—May 12, 2019
In Africa, fabric is useful, valuable, and symbolic. It speaks to identity, group affiliation, and prestige. It is colorful, patterned, and visible everywhere: at community gatherings, in the marketplace, and in the home. The ubiquity of fabric means that few forms of material culture can compete with it for status.
This exhibit encompasses an array of stitched textile techniques such as patchwork, appliqué, and quilting as well as woven and printed ones. Kente cloth from Ghana is made by sewing long, woven strips together to create large fabrics for garments. Kuba cloth from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a ceremonial raffia fabric constructed using a number of techniques, including patchwork and appliqué. Masquerade costumes from Nigeria feature plentiful stitchwork, and enable villagers to “transform” into spirits during rituals and festivals. Today, entrepreneurial artists have created hybrid styles, such as Nigerian tourist items that combine the American quilt format with traditionally dyed fabrics.
Roses & Revelations Homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe by Mexican Textile Artists
December 9—March 9, 2019
San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
“Roses & Revelations,” featuring the work of textile artists from 52 communities representing eight different Mexican states, uses the nation’s patroness Our Lady of Guadalupe as a template to interweave textile art with the religious sensibilities of the Mexican people.
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
A Royal Treasure: The Javanese Batik Collection of King Chulalongkorn of Siam
November 1, 2018—May 2021
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.
Coyuchi and White: Cotton Flowers
November 18, 2018–March 31, 2019
Cotton fiber has sheltered different cultures around the world. This exhibit focuses on the emblematic pieces from the Oaxaca Textile Museum collection encompassing white cotton and coyuchi, its brown color variant.
Peabody Essex Museum
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City
August 18, 2018 – February 10, 2019
This is the first major international exhibition to explore the role of empresses in China’s grand imperial era of the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the little-known stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion.
Baltimore Museum of Art
Kuba: Fabric of an Empire
August 19, 2018—February 24, 2019
This exhibition of dazzling Kuba textiles reveals how a central African kingdom, on the southern edge of the Congolese Rainforest, independently developed a form of modernist abstraction in the 20th century. In addition to an elaborate and varied masquerade tradition, Kuba men and women were prolific textile artists, even weaving houses and embroidering currency. extravaganza and the largest folk art show.
The Royal Museum of Art & Histo
Inca Dress Code: Textiles and Adornment of the Andes
November 23, 2018-March 24, 2019
Brussels, Belgium Learn More
Textiles were particularly valued among the Andean cultures of Peru, Bolivia. and Chile, as they were considered an extremely precious commodity: they were not only items for wearing, but also symbols of power and identity and could be used as offerings or as a currency of exchange.
This exhibition offers the opportunity to admire the magnificence of the textiles, the quality of the precious metalwork and the beauty of pre-Colombian feather work from the Royal Museum of Art and History’s collection. Image: The Royal Museum of Art & History© Coll. Janssen-Arts, Vlaamse Gemeenschap (MAS), photo H.
Boro Real Astonishment
March 30, 2018-March 31, 2019
Tokyo, Japan Learn More
This exhibit features the collection of Chuzaburo Tanaka who, virtually alone in all of Tohoku, Japan, 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. With this exhibition, boros are hung among the thirty-four photo images newly published by Kyoichi Tsuzuki (the photographer and author of “BORO Rags and Tatters) bringing one big installation to the museum.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Emblems of a Prosperous Life: Women’s Robes of Late Imperial China (1700s – 1800s)
July 14, 2018–June 30, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota Learn More
In the 1700s and 1800s, aristocratic Chinese women wore sumptuous clothing in and out of court. At court, women’s attire was highly standardized; outside court, they had greater flexibility to choose styles and designs that matched their personal taste. Many of these garments exemplify a fashion trend of the 1800s: cuffs and hems embellished with embroidered bands, which in turn were often edged with strips of brocaded ribbon. Image: Woman’s unofficial robe, late 19th century , China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Silk, metallic threads. Bequest of Margaret McMillan Weber in memory of her mother, Katherine Kittridge McMillan RBL51.423
Textile Tour Highlight
Nepal and Bhutan | Passport to Folk Art Trip
Nepal: March 1 – 7, 2019 Bhutan: March 7 – 13, 2019
Come visit some of the Santa Fe folk art market artisans in their country–the Red Sari Felt Production Center where women create products by felting and fusing upcycled silk saris and wool fibers; the Janakpur Women’s Development Center who paint traditional and new designs on handmade paper; the Leki Wangmo and Rinzin Wangmo of Leki Textiles & Weaving Studio where you have the option of taking a weaving class dye workshop.
Stay in the charming Inn in Patan, and wander around this historic city, one of the three original kingdoms of Nepal, where in the evenings, you will have the opportunity to observe a young boy undergoing initiation to become a Buddhist, ceremoniously circumambulate the Golden Temple. Take an excursion (climbing optional) to the famous Taktsang Monastery, where it is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence called “Tiger’s Nest.” These are just some on the tourhighlights!
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Textile Tour Highlight
THE OASES KINGDOMS AND BEYOND
Textiles, Architecture, and Traditions of Uzbekistan
May 5-19, 2019
This tour commences in Tashkent with visits to the Museum of Applied Arts, Khast Imam Mosque complex, Chorsu Bazaar and the workshops of artisans and designers. Continue to the Fergana Valley to witness all aspects of ikat weaving (from the feeding of silk worms to silk spinning, binding and dyeing), felt making and the extraordinary Rishtan ceramics workshop.
The tour includes visits to other ateliers of artists and designers, bazaars and the legendary cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, where local scholars will share the history and culture of the regions, and families will invite the group to join in private meals.
This Uzbekistan journey is arranged and guided by Christine Martens and Raisa Gareeva. Martens began researching the textile and traditions of Uzbekistan in 2001 and yearly trips continued in the Central Asian republics, Mongolia, and Xinjiang. Ms. Gareeva was the Central Asian foreign expert for Aid to Artisans in Uzbekistan, guiding artisans in the revival of traditions and honing of skills which had been forgotten during the Soviet era.
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Textile Tour Highlight
Silk Study Tour to Japan
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.
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The Whitworth, University of Manchester
Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World
June 23, 2018-June 2019
Manchester, England Learn More
Cloth was, and continues to be, a unifier across the Islamic world. Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World showcases textiles from the Whitworth’s collection, selected from across cultures and countries.The title refers to the Prophet Muhammad bringing together four leaders who all wanted to raise the sacred Black Stone from the ground up to the Ka’ba in Mecca. They placed the stone in the center of a cloth so that each could take a corner and lift together.
At the heart of this exhibition is a nearly 100-year-old fragment of kiswa cloth. The kiswa covers the Ka’ba and is replaced annually during Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca); each year sections are cut and distributed across the world. While this is a textile of religious significance, other are textiles offering protection–a Dervish hat stitched with a poem to recite, a Malian hat that is said to contain passages of the Qur’an and a talismanic shirt with a magic formula of letters and numbers.
Beyond the textiles used in ceremonial ways are ones of everyday use. Socks, rugs, bedding and tablecloths are included, as are pieces by designers William Morris, Thomas Wardle and Lucienne Day, clearly inspired by Islamic culture.
Top Image: Cushion cover, n.d.hand embroidery, Morocco The Whitworth, The University of Manchester
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Fabric Africa: Stories Told Through Textiles
June 30, 2018-May 19, 2019
Bristol, England Learn More
Fabric Africa is a stunning snapshot of the diversity of modern and historic textiles from across the continent of Africa. The selection of textiles and clothing dates from the late 1800’s to the present day and come from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Mali and Swaziland amongst others. From mud cloth to adinkra, barkcloth dresses to kanga cotton prints, ‘royal’ kente cloth to huge embroidered agbadas, this exhibition gives a taste of the amazing ingenuity of the textile artists of Africa and explores the importance of cloth in social and political lives of those who wear them.
Dramatic Threads: Textiles of Asia
March 14, 2018–February 2019
Newark, New Jersey Learn More
Featuring theatrical and political costumes as well as architectural and decorative textiles from diverse areas of Asia this exhibition showcases works that display a wide range of techniques. From different embroidery stitches to woven textiles ranging from virtuoso brocades and slit-tapestry to twill and plain weaves and made of gold, silk, wool, cotton, an array of textiles illustrate cultural preferences and regional differences of China, Japan, Korea, Nepal and Tibet.
Fashioned from Nature
April 21–January 27, 2019
London, England Learn More
This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics, and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes. Image: Rose-patterned silk train (detail). Circa 1890s. ©Victoria and Albert Museum.
Museum of Fine Arts
Collecting Stories: Native American Art
April 14, 2018–March 10, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts Learn More
The exhibition focuses on objects collected in the formative years of building the early holdings of Native American art at the Museum of Fine Arts. Highlights include an early Navajo blanket, a pair of important Eastern Woodlands moccasins, and a Plains headpiece, made of deer and porcupine hair.