Indonesian term for the wax-resist dyeing process, or a fabric decorated with this process. Such fabrics reached fantastic heights of virtuosity on the island of Java in Indonesia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after the introduction of machine-made cotton fabrics permitted more finely controlled designs.


Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Regular programs bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. In memory of Harold M. Keshishian.

D.C. Mondays at the Museum

The museum's Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection inspires weekly lunchtime talks on changing D.C. topics.

GW Arts Initiative Programs

Brief lectures and other interactive educational programs explore topics relating to art, history, and culture, and connect GW faculty, students, and the public.

Textiles at Twelve

Weekly lunchtime programs—including films, lectures, and gallery talks—focus on the textile arts and global cultures.

Arts for Families

Family events held each quarter invite visitors of all ages to participate in thematic activities, demonstrations, and performances.


Excursions to venues in and around Washington, D.C., offer special collections access and opportunities to engage with artists, collectors, and experts.

Adult Workshops

Hands-on workshops offer an introduction to textile techniques and construction.