Past Exhibitions

Nancy Cohen, "Estuary; Moods and Modes," 2007
Nancy Cohen's "Estuary; Moods and Modes" (2007) was on view in The Textile Museum's "Green: The Color and the Cause" exhibition.

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 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.



A Garden of Shawls: The Buta and Its Seeds

Monday, October 4, 2004 - 10:00am to Sunday, March 6, 2005 - 5:00pm

The natural grace of the gardens of Mughal India was reflected in the patterns of trees, vines, and flowers that decorated textiles of the period.

Floral Perspectives in Carpet Design

Friday, August 27, 2004 - 10:00am to Sunday, February 6, 2005 - 5:00pm

This exhibition examined floral motifs from three perspectives—spiritual, cultural, and artistic—as rendered in the designs of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century Indian, Chinese, Central Asian, Persian, and Turkish carpets.

Over One, Under One, and Much More...

Friday, July 2, 2004 - 10:00am to Sunday, January 2, 2005 - 5:00pm

This exhibition explored the diversity of patterning achieved in plain-woven textiles from Asia to the Americas.

Timeless Connections: Exploring Tapestry Weave

Friday, April 16, 2004 - 10:00am to Sunday, August 1, 2004 - 5:00pm

With objects drawn from the museum's collections, this exhibition provided a broad historical and cultural context for the concept of tapestry weave.

Draped, Wrapped, and Folded: Untailored Clothing

Friday, January 30, 2004 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 6, 2004 - 5:00pm

This exhibition highlighted a unique blend of complexity and simplicity in a showcase of nineteen untailored garments from Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Navajo Blankets of the 19th Century: Selections from The Textile Museum Collections

Friday, September 5, 2003 - 10:00am to Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 5:00pm

Featuring sixteen blankets made between 1800 and 1890, this exhibition highlighted the powerful aesthetics and significant trends that characterize nineteenth century Navajo weaving.

The Art of Resist Dyeing

Saturday, July 5, 2003 - 10:00am to Saturday, January 3, 2004 - 5:00pm

This exhibition, drawn exclusively from The Textile Museum's collections, focused on how textiles from many cultures across the globe are patterned by the process of resist dyeing.

Mamluk Rugs from Egypt: Jewels of The Textile Museum's Collection

Friday, January 31, 2003 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 8, 2003 - 5:00pm

A stunning display of one of the most significant groups of classical carpets, this exhibition highlighted one of the great strengths of The Textile Museum's collections.

Hold It: Textiles as Containers

Friday, January 31, 2003 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 8, 2003 - 5:00pm

Drawn exclusively from The Textile Museum's collections, "Hold It" celebrated the use of textiles as containers.

The Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpets

Friday, September 13, 2002 - 10:00am to Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 5:00pm

This exhibition provided a unique opportunity to explore the artistry of Turkish pile carpets.

Secrets of Silk

Friday, June 28, 2002 - 10:00am to Sunday, January 5, 2003 - 5:00pm

This exhibition explored the production and use of one of the world's most luxurious fibers.

Hidden Threads of Peru: Q'ero Textiles

Friday, March 22, 2002 - 10:00am to Sunday, August 18, 2002 - 5:00pm

This exhibition highlighted the rich and complex tradition of Q'ero textiles.

Technology as Catalyst: Textile Artists on the Cutting Edge

Friday, February 15, 2002 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 28, 2002 - 5:00pm

An exhibition of textile art created using revolutionary digital technologies, "Technology as Catalyst" explored the marriage of high-tech equipment and handwork.

From the Amu Darya to the Potomac: Central Asian Bags from Area Collections

Friday, September 7, 2001 - 10:00am to Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 5:00pm

This exhibition featured a selection of Central Asian pile bags, dating from the nineteenth century and earlier, that combine beauty with diverse utilitarian function.

Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery

Friday, February 18, 2000 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 30, 2000 - 5:00pm

Ottoman art, including embroidered textiles, reflects both the abundance and wealth of the Ottoman Empire, which spanned seven centuries and preceded modern Turkey.

On View

Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat

Through the museum’s exceptional ikat collection assembled by Dr. Guido Goldman, this exhibition focuses on textiles produced with the sophisticated dyeing technique known as “binding the clouds.”

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

Explore dozens of festival costumes from minority cultures in southwest China that are new to the museum’s collections.

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton

Drawing on historical newspapers from the collection of Antonia M. Chambers, this exhibition highlights important life events and accomplishments of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Greetings from Washington

This exhibition examines postcards relating to D.C., from their golden age at the turn of the twentieth century through the vintage glamour of mid-century graphics and beyond.

Treasures from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

A selection of maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection includes recent acquisitions and rare treasures. Opens June 20.

Detail of artwork by Vernal Bogren Swift

Selections from The Textile Museum Collections

You can always find a rotating selection of objects from The Textile Museum collections on view in the museum's lower-level galleries, including many objects that have rarely or never before been displayed.

Textiles 101

Interactive displays allow you to enter the mind of an artist to explore fiber, structure, color, and the creative choices that influence textile design.

Expansive Visions: GW Collection Past, Present, Future

Organized by GW's Luther Brady Art Gallery and presented in the museum's lower-level galleries, this exhibition traces GW's history and evolution as a presenter of contemporary art through highlights from the university collection.