nternational Museum Day: Tour of Indian Textiles: 1,000 Years of Art and Design

Textile detail of a figure harvesting vegetation
Hanging (detail), southeast India, 17th/18th century, Karun Thakar Collection, London.


Celebrate International Museum Day with a tour of Indian Textiles: 1000 Years of Art and Design led by Curator of Education Lori Kartchner, and a trunk show of  handmade Indian wearables from Harshita Designs.

About the Exhibition

Vibrant textiles have long been synonymous with Indian culture. Their distinctive abstract, floral and figurative patterns have inspired countless variations. Featuring masterworks from The Textile Museum Collection and the private collection of Karun Thakar, this major exhibition and accompanying publication showcase court weavings, folk embroideries and other fabrics from the eighth through the early 20th centuries. Learn more about the exhibition.

About Harshita Designs

Inspired by her grandmother in Kolkata, India, Harshita Lohia created Harshita Designs to share her heritage with the world through wearable art inspired by nature, Indian cultural symbols and more. Harshita Designs employs artisans living in impoverished communities in India, creating opportunities for them to combat income inequality. 

How to Participate

This program will take place in person at the museum. Please gather in the museum lobby for the tour. Masks are required indoors.

About International Museum Day

Organized annually by the International Council of Museums, International Museum Day is celebrated by participating museums through creative events and activities that engage with the public and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development.