Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Silk Stories

Mulberry leaves with silk worms and cocoons
Photo by Pamela Kaplan.


Photographer and museum docent Pamela Kaplan will introduce the history of silk production and share new work from her long-term project and passion “Silk Stories.” In addition, Kaplan will discuss her experience raising silkworms in Washington, D.C., providing tips on the practical aspects of small-scale urban sericulture.

About Silk Stories

Pamela Kaplan created “Silk Stories” to offer a behind-the-scenes view into silk production in India and around the world. The project documents the changing lives of silk farmers and textile producers through photographs, videos, interviews and more.

About Pamela Kaplan

Pamela Kaplan is a graduate of GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design with a master’s degree in new media photojournalism. Kaplan has been a docent with the museum for four years after retiring from IBM Corporation.

How to Participate

You can register for this program online. After you register, we will email you a link and instructions for joining online via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (11 a.m. EDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included. 

About Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Collectors and experts discuss textile topics and display examples from their personal holdings. You are invited to submit related pieces to share during the program. This series is named in honor of late Textile Museum trustee emeritus, Harold M. Keshishian. Browse upcoming programs