Celebration of Textiles: Turkey

Turkish dancers

The museum’s 39th-annual family festival celebrates the textile arts and cultures of Turkey. Watch local artists weave, spin, embroider, and more; enjoy traditional dance performances; and explore spectacular rugs woven by nomadic women through family-friendly tours of A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia. Free; no reservations required. 

Schedule of Events: September 15, 10 AM5 PM

Artist Demonstrations

  • Weaving on a floor loom by Karen Anadol
  • Tapestry weaving by Joan Griffin
  • Knitting by Project Knitwell
  • Felt making by Jill Newman and Erika Cleveland
  • Lace making with Chesapeake Region Lace Guild
  • Spinning with Fluff n' Nonsense
  • Sheep by Leesburg Animal Farm


  • Make a wooly sheep
  • Weave an evil eye
  • Design a Turkish kilim
  • Sample Turkish coffee with Turkish Coffee Lady
  • Try on clothing from around the world


  • 11:30 AM: Turkish dance by Kardelen Dance
  • 12:30 PM: Turkish dance by Kardelen Dance
  • 2 PM: Turkish dance by Kardelen Dance
  • 3 PM: Dance performances by GW international student organizations


  • 10:30 AM: Symmetry and Pattern tour for families
  • 1:30 PM: A Nomad's Art tour