Member Program: The Art of Embroidery

Embroidered bedspread fragment with red, blue, and green floral pattern
Section of an embroidered cover (detail), Istanbul, 16th / early 17th century. The Textile Museum 1.22. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers before 1940.


The art of embroidery is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression. For millennia, men and women have used this technique to beautify their surroundings, articulate personal feelings and aspirations, and reinforce social, political and religious ideals and convictions.

In this member program, Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody will share observations and conclusions from her research on embroidery. She will explore connections and similarities between the embroidery styles used by different cultures, and offer a glimpse into how embroiderers approach their work.

About Sumru Belger Krody

Sumru Belger Krody joined The Textile Museum in 1994 and was appointed senior curator in 2011. She is editor in chief of The Textile Museum Journal. Born in Izmir, Turkey, Krody specializes in textiles from the late antique era and from the Islamic world. She has curated or co-curated 13 exhibitions, and authored or co-authored seven exhibition-related publications, along with numerous articles and book chapters. Krody holds a bachelor’s degree in classical archaeology from Istanbul University and a master’s in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Textile Society of America and Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens.

How to Participate

This program is for museum members. If you are already a member, you can register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (1 p.m. EDT). If you are not currently a member, you can join or renew online.

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