Visitor reaching for a scarf on a map wall display


Artisans Gallery



The Artisans Gallery is an educational gallery where you can purchase and learn about handmade textiles representing global traditions. We share the stories of artisans around the world and support certified fair trade, sustainable, handmade and culturally authentic work. Museum members always receive a 10 percent discount.


Tuesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed on university holidays



Exhibition Catalog

The limited-edition catalog Indian Textiles: 1,000 Years of Art and Design is available for purchase ($80). The hardcopy book includes essays by leading historians of Indian textiles, including Rosemary Crill, Steven Cohen, Avalon Fotheringham and Sylvia Houghteling. You can order a copy at the Artisans Gallery or by calling 202-960-5311, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Currently Featured

The Artisans Gallery features rotating displays and textiles that directly relate to our museum collections. We currently feature the following:

Our Principles

Certified Fair Trade: We purchase products only from companies that provide good working conditions for workers and ensure no child labor or forced labor was used.

Sustainable: We source textile products that are produced in ethically responsible ways, both for the maker and for the planet.

Handmade: We feature unique or one-of-a-kind items that emphasize quality craftsmanship.

Culturally Authentic: We present objects that emanate from the geographic regions that developed their techniques and aesthetic, or by artists who appropriate cultural sources to create new and original work.




Artisans Gallery display window and museum entrance