Gallery Talk: Plush Life in Ikat Velvet

Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art, Freer|Sackler

Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art at the Freer|Sackler, will discuss the production of ikat velvets in late nineteenth-century Central Asia through examples on display in Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat. Farhad will examine how and why these velvets were produced, when and where the technique originated, and how these pieces were used and cherished.

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free, no reservations required.