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Past Exhibitions



Browse the museum's past exhibitions, inlcuding those held at The Textile Museum's original location in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood. Designed to present textiles as art and place them in their cultural context, Textile Museum exhibitions have primarily showcased the collection, but also featured artworks drawn from many institutions and private holdings.




Past Exhibitions at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum



Detail of a prayer carpet


Small white building with green roof and lighted window


Artist's rendering of 19th-century men and women looking out over parade route


Korean model on the runway


Bird's-eye view print showing boats in a harbor with rows of houses on a hill behind it


Colorful historical map of the Chesapeake area


Textile with flower designs on gold background


A row of six embellished headdresses


Golden and white fabric with diamond pattern


Bird's-eye view of barracks


Black-and-white photo of students on quad


Gallery with artworks on display


Male student looks at a framed print in a crowded gallery


Exhibition in Corcoran gallery


Colorful print showing National Mall and Washington Monument


Cover of music sheet showing a general on horseback


Visitors create their own beaded prayers


Detail of bird's-eye-view painting of historical D.C.


Faig Ahmed with one of his artworks


Two visitors walk through an exhibition gallery


Photo of an exhibition gallery


Photo of an exhibition gallery


An artist points to his work in the exhibition


Photo of an exhibition gallery


Textiles on display in gallery


Detail of bingata textile


Detail of fish market painting


Exhibition gallery with kimono


Students in exhibition gallery


Exhibition gallery





Past Exhibitions at The Textile Museum



Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains
April 12-October 13, 2013
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The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art
September 21, 2012-March 10, 2013
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Sourcing the Museum
March 23-August 19, 2012
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Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop
March 23-August 12, 2012
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Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep
February 3, 2012-January 6, 2013

Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa
October 15, 2011-February 12, 2012

Green: the Color and the Cause
April 16, 2011-September 11, 2011

Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles
February 4, 2011-January 8, 2012

Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats
October 16, 2010-March 13, 2011
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Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain
May 15-September 12, 2010

The Art of Living: Textile Furnishings from the Permanent Collection
February 12, 2010-January 9, 2011

Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection
October 17, 2009-April 11, 2010

Fabrics of Feathers and Steel: The Innovation of Nuno
October 17, 2009-April 11, 2010

A Lady Found a Culture in Its Cloth: Barack Obama's Mother and Indonesian Batiks
August 9-August 23, 2009

Constructed Color: Amish Quilts
April 4-September 6, 2009

Recent Acquisitions
March 6, 2009-January 3, 2010

Timbuktu to Tibet: Rugs and Textiles of the Hajji Babas
October 18, 2008-March 8, 2009

April 4-September 18, 2008

The Finishing Touch: Accessories from the Bolivian Highlands
February 15, 2008-February 1, 2009

Private Pleasures: Collecting Contemporary Textile Art
September 28, 2007-February 17, 2008

Textiles of Klimt's Vienna
August 3, 2007-January 6, 2008

Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia
March 30-August 19, 2007
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February 2-July 8, 2007

Mantles of Merit: Chin Textiles from Mandalay to Chittagong
October 13, 2006-February 25, 2007

Harpies, Mermaids and Tulips: Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region
March 17-September 3, 2006
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Seldom Seen: Director's Choice from the Museum's Collections
February 10-July 30, 2006

Rozome Masters of Japan
October 14, 2005-February 12, 2006

Silk & Leather: Splendid Attire of 19th-century Central Asia
September 2, 2005-February 26, 2006
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Gods and Empire: Huari Ceremonial Textiles
July 1, 2005-January 15, 2006

Textiles for This World and Beyond: Treasures from Insular Southeast Asia
April 1, 2005–September 18, 2005
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Beyond the Bag: Textiles as Containers
January 28-June 5, 2005

A Garden of Shawls: The Buta and Its Seeds
October 4, 2004-March 6, 2005

Floral Perspectives in Carpet Design
August 27, 2004-February 6, 2005

Over One, Under One, and Much More...
July 2, 2004-January 2, 2005

Timeless Connections: Exploring Tapestry Weave
April 16-August 1, 2004

Draped, Wrapped and Folded: Untailored Clothing
January 30-June 6, 2004

Navajo Blankets of the 19th Century: Selections from The Textile Museum Collections
September 5, 2003-March 14, 2004

The Art of Resist Dyeing
July 5, 2003-January 3, 2004

Mamluk Rugs from Egypt: Jewels of The Textile Museum's Collection
January 31-June 8, 2003

Hold It: Textiles as Containers
January 31-June 8, 2003

The Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpets
September 13, 2002-February 16, 2003

Secrets of Silk
June 28, 2002-January 5, 2003

Hidden Threads of Peru: Q'ero Textiles
March 22-August 18, 2002

Technology as Catalyst: Textile Artists on the Cutting Edge
February 15-July 28, 2002
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From the Amu Darya to the Potomac: Central Asian Bags from Area Collections
September 7, 2001-February 24, 2002

Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery
February 18-July 30, 2000
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