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Detail of textile by James Bassler

Cotsen Textile Collections Find New Home at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

October 11, 2018

The George Washington University announced today it will receive a $18.4 million gift combining more than 4,000 textiles and an endowment and equipment to support the textile collections assembled by the late Lloyd Cotsen. The collections will be accessible for scholarly research and will influence future educational opportunities at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

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‘A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia’ Debuts at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

September 04, 2018

An exhibition opening Saturday at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will demonstrate the artistic achievements of women who lived a now-vanished nomadic lifestyle that flourished for centuries in Anatolia.

Vintage postcard

Alexander Hamilton and Vintage Washington Postcards Explored in New Exhibitions at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

April 09, 2018

Two exhibitions will showcase historical ephemera from the late 18th century through today.

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'Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat' Celebrates the Artistic Innovation of 19th-Century Uzbekistan

March 08, 2018

"Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat," at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, will explore the art of dyeing known in Central Asia as abrband, or binding the clouds. The exhibition, which features artworks recently donated to the museum, opens Saturday, March 10, and will be on view through July 9.

Detail of festival jacket

New Exhibition at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum Celebrates Minority Cultures in Southwest China

February 22, 2018

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will highlight the diverse cultures of minority peoples in China's Guizhou province with the new exhibition "Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China." The festival costumes and jewelry on display were made by Miao, Dong, Shui, and other minority peoples in the 20th century. The exhibition opens Saturday, Feb. 24, and will be on view through July 9.