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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, Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Textile Traditions

The Artisans Gallery features rotating displays and textiles that relate to the museum's collections. We currently feature the following textile traditions:

Kuba cloth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Embroidery in Guatemala

Block printing in India

Batik in Indonesia

Indigo dyeing in Japan

Alpaca fiber in Peru

Ikat in Uzbekistan

Contact Us

Our staff associates can help you place an order for delivery. Email the Artisans Gallery, call 202-960-5311 or reach out on Instagram (@ArtisansGalleryShop). 



Artisans Gallery display window and museum entrance