Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

All Programs by Date

Photo of GW student dance troupe performing at the museum
Dancers perform at the members' October 2011 reception for the museum's "Weaving Abstraction" exhibition. Photo by Kevin Allen.

Educational programs include lectures, films, gallery talks, workshops, and more, and are held at the museum unless otherwise indicated. Keep reading for a full list of our upcoming offerings.


Workshop: Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Daniel Moreno, a graduate from GW's Interior Architecture program, will lead a guided sketching workshop in the galleries.

Member Program: Personal Textile Treasures from Asia

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 10:00am

Museum members are invited to join members of Weave a Real Peace for a special show-and-tell program with curator Lee Talbot.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Natural Dyes in the Weavings of Oaxaca, Mexico

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:30am

Join master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez as he discusses the use of natural dyes, including cochineal, found in the traditional textiles in the historic Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico.

SOLD OUT: Workshop: Dyeing with Cochineal

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This program is sold out

Artist Talk: Beading Beyond Belief

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 5:30pm

In this talk, artist Sonya Clark shares her inspiration for the "Beaded Prayers Project."


Demonstration: Indigo Dyeing

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join textile artist An-Phuong Ly as she discusses methods of indigo dyeing.

Artist Talk: The Indispensable Plan for Washington

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

In this gallery talk, artist Peter Waddell gives a behind-the-scenes perspective on his process.

Gallery Talk: Tapestry in the Americas

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Ann Pollard Rowe will discuss the varied contexts and purposes of artworks currently on view in the Textile Museum Collections gallery

Member Program: "Written in Knots" and "Beyond Knotting' Curator Tour

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join fellow members at Dumbarton Oaks for a tour of two exhibitions with co-curator Jeffrey Splitstoser.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Anatolian and Caucasian Weavings

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:30am

Share examples of any rug or textile from Anatolia or the Caucasus region from your personal collection.

Gallery Talk: Kilims and the Weaver's Hand

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Senior curator Sumru Belger Krody discusses two textiles that are both cultural expressions and highly personal artistic expressions by the rural women who made them.

Performance and Sing Along: Songs of the Civil War

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm

The Washington Revels Heritage Voices, an ensemble specializing in traditional American music, leads a sing along to "Songs of the Civil War," a collection of historical ballads.


Lecture/Show and Tell: A Global Textile Potpourri

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:30am

Collector and museum trustee Roger Pratt will present select examples of textile arts from around the world (including Japan, Southeast Asia, India, Tibet, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Mexico).

Workshop: Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sketch artworks on display in the museum with guidance from Stephanie Travis, head of GW's Interior Architecture Program.

Member Program: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" Curator Tour

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

Be among the first to see the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" on this tour with co-curators Bibiana Obler and Phyllis Rosenzweig.

Film: "The Machinists"

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

This documentary focus on the daily lives of three women garment workers and a union boss who want the fashion industry to stop making a profit at the expense of their workers.

Film: "Tears in the Fabric"

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

After the Rana Plaza tragedy, documentary filmmakers Hannan Majid and Richard York of Rainbow Collective return to Bangladesh to make their second film on the plight of garment workers.

Gallery Talk: Mali Tent Weavings

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:00pm

Bryna Freyer, former curator at Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, gives an up-close look at a Mali tent weaving from The Textile Museum collections.

Member Program: "Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt" Curator Tour

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

Discover the richly decorated world of early Medieval palaces, villas, and sacred spaces in the eastern Mediterranean on an exhibition tour with co-curators Sumru Belger Krody and Elizabeth Dospel Williams.


Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Learn more about your own textiles from museum curators and conservators.

Lecture: Felt Making Now and Then

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:30am

Join Renate Maile-Moskowitz—fiber artist, lecturer, and consultant—for a talk on the history and evolution of felt to its applications today.

Member Program: "Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt' Curator Tour

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Discover the richly decorated world of early Medieval palaces, villas, and sacred spaces in the eastern Mediterranean on an exhibition tour with co-curators Sumru Belger Krody and Elizabeth Dospel Williams.

Lecture: Spies in the Civil War

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum, to uncover the hidden world of spies during the Civil War.

Gallery Talk: Textile Preparation for Woven Interiors

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Associate Conservator Cathleen Zaret will share some of the methods, materials, and decision-making processes employed in preparing archaeological textiles for display in "Woven Interiors."

Film: "The Man in the White Suit"

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

Join us for a screening of this 1952 film about a chemist who creates the perfect white suit—which turns out to be very bad for business.

Student Presentations: Art, Sustainability, and Activism

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us at the Corcoran as graduate students present their semester-long research projects on topics concerning the production and distribution of textiles and clothing.

Celebration of Textiles: Comfort at Home

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The museum celebrates its 40th annual free community festival with a unique look at carpets, curtains, cushions, and other textiles for the home.

Book Talk: "Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around D.C."

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:00pm

Anthropologist and author Jenny Masur tells the stories of unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad from her new book.

Film Shorts: "Unravel" and "Occupation: Mill Worker"

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm

"Unravel" follows the western world’s least-wanted clothes on a journey across northern India. Occupation: Mill Worker documents the events of February, 1992, when workers forcibly occupied the factories of Mumbai’s New Great Eastern Mill after a four-year lock-out.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Artful African and Asian Garments

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:30am

Collector Steve Price gives an overview on why clothing exists and its cultural role, followed by a presentation of garments from Africa and Central, mainland Southeast, and East Asia.

Lecture: Rosetta Tharpe: Black Queer Icon

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Gayle Wald, author and chair of GW's Department of American Studies, discusses black queer icon Rosetta Tharpe.

Workshop: Beaded Gloves

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Embellish a pair of gloves with beads and other decorations, inspired by Jon Eric Riis's contemporary artwork "Hands of the Oracle"

Workshop: Motifs, Migrations, and Misappropriations

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Join artist and activist Frau Fiber (Carol Francis Long) in this hands-on workshop that reimagines a Syrian tunic from the Textile Museum collections using discarded t-shirts, remnants of our consumer culture.

Conference: Unveiling Fashion: Textiles and the New Circular Economy

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Join in a collaboration with the D.C. Sustainable Fashion Collective and GW’s Office of Sustainability to understand the relationship between the consumer and the fashion industry and learn about the environmental impact of the fashion industry.


Film: "Maquilapolis"

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

This documentary is a collaboration among filmmakers Sergio de la Torre and Vicky Funari, factory workers, and community organizations that depicts globalization through the eyes of the women who live on the frontlines.


Film: "RiverBlue"

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

This feature-length documentary chronicles paddler and conservationist Mark Angelo's journey to uncover and document the extensive pollution impacts of the global fashion industry.

George Hewitt Myers Award

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

On Thursday evening, November 21, the museum will honor Dr. Thomas P. Campbell with the George Hewitt Myers Award for lifetime achievement in the textile arts.