Past exhibitions were held at The Textile Museum's original location in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood. Designed to both present textiles as art, and to place them in their cultural context, Textile Museum exhibitions have primarily showcased its permanent collections, but also featured works from other textile arts drawn from a variety of public and private holdings.
This special showing of textile treasures from Okinawan museum collections featured brightly colored bingata—traditional resist-dyed fabrics—and contemporary works by Okinawan artists and fashion designers.
Artists from around the world submitted works giving visual voice to the timely topic of diaspora.
Organized in partnership with GW's Central Asia program, this exhibition examined the socialist realist artistic movement through paintings and textiles.
This exhibition brought nineteenth-century China to life with images by Scottish photographer John Thomson, and colorful textiles and accessories from The Textile Museum's collections.
Drawn from the Washingtoniana collection, this exhibition presented historic maps and related images that chronicled the early urban design experiment that shaped Washington, D.C.
This exhibition examined Washington, D.C.'s transformations from the beginning of the Civil War to Reconstruction through maps, prints, and illustrations.
"Unraveling Identity" united textiles from across cultures to explore expressions of individual, cultural, political, and social identity throughout the ages.
The last exhibition at The Textile Museum's historic location explored Southeast Asia's rich traditions and their interpretation within contemporary art and design.
This exhibition chronicled how stylized flowers came to embellish nearly all media produced by the Ottoman court beginning in the mid-sixteenth century.
Eleven contemporary artists explored the The Textile Museum’s historically and culturally varied collections and chose pieces to inspire new artworks.
This exhibition featured some of the sumptuous pieces created in one of Nishijin’s oldest and most illustrious workshops: Tawaraya.
Drawn entirely from the museum’s collections, the textiles in this exhibition illuminated imaginative images of mythical creatures as diverse as the peoples who created them.
This was the first major museum exhibition in the U.S. to showcase the artistic inventiveness and graphic power of Kuba ceremonial dance skirts.
This exhibition explored techniques for creating green textiles, the color's meanings in cultures across time and place, and ways contemporary textile artists and designers respond to concerns about the environment.
Drawn from The Textile Museum's permanent collections, this exhibition highlighted how cultures have ingeniously repurposed worn but precious fabrics to create beautiful new textile forms.