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

Join fellow members at Dumbarton Oaks for a tour of two exhibitions with co-curator Jeffrey Splitstoser. Written in Knots: Undeciphered Accounts of Andean Life is the first exhibition to bring together examples of Wari, Inka, and Colonial khipu. Fewer than a dozen complete Wari khipu are known to exist in museum collections; three will be on display at Dumbarton Oaks. Beyond Knotting: Wari and Inka Tunics from the Collection examines the relationship between two components of the Andean woven world: tunics and khipus. The luxurious Wari and Inka tunics on display project the worldviews and ritual behavior of each society’s most powerful social actors.

Jeffrey Splitstoser is a long-time member of The Textile Museum and the leading authority on Wari khipus, having studied all known examples in collections around the world. He is part of the Castillo de Huarmey archaeological projects, directed by Milosz Giersz, which produced the largest number of scientifically excavated Wari khipus to date. Splitstoser is also the textile specialist for the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project, directed by Tom Dillehay. Splitstoser discovered information encoded in warp patterning in 6,200-year-old cotton textiles that were dyed with the world’s earliest known use of indigo blue.

Free for members, but reservations are required. Register online or call Danielle Tyson at 202-994-5242. You can also join or renew a membership online.