Member Program: Tour of “Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat”

Friday, February 23, 2024, 1 p.m. EST
Teal-colored ikat textile with vertical stripes

Skirt (corte) (detail); Almolonga, Quetzaltenango department, Guatemala; before 1990. The Textile Museum Collection 1990.12.11. Museum purchase.


Museum curators Shelley Burian, Sumru Belger Krody and Lee Talbot will guide members through Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat in a tour highlighting artworks spanning Asia, Africa and the Americas. While Central Asian ikat has been the focal point of two recent exhibitions at the museum (2010 and 2018), Irresistible builds on these past projects to bring visitors on a global journey of this dazzling textile dyeing technique. 

Another member tour will be offered on Saturday, February 24, at 11 a.m.

About the Exhibition

Prized worldwide for producing vivid patterns and colors, the ancient resist-dyeing technique of ikat developed independently in communities across Asia, Africa and the Americas, where it continues to inspire artists and designers today. Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat explores the global phenomenon of ikat textiles through more than 70 masterful examples from countries as diverse as Japan, Indonesia, India, Uzbekistan, Côte d'Ivoire and Guatemala. Learn more about the exhibition


Shelley Burian, Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator 

Sumru Belger Krody, senior curator, The Textile Museum Collection

Lee Talbot, curator, The Textile Museum Collection

How to Participate

This program is for museum members and will take place in person at the museum. If you are already a member, please register online, and we will email you the Zoom link and instructions. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT). If you are not currently a member, you can join or renew online.

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