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Detail of textile fragment from Greece

We have gathered together a variety of digital resources here that we hope you will enjoy during this time at home. Sign up for emails, explore virtual programs, and discover our collections and exhibitions through videos and digital catalogues. 

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Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning on August 15
Join independent scholar Christine Brown for a virtual discussion of the tree of life motif and the design elements that differentiate it from a simple tree.  
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Virtual Film Club on August 27

Join our museum community online for a discussion of The Gospel According to André, a documentary following the life and career of fashion editor André Leon Talley from the segregated South to the fashion capitals of the world. 
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Discover past programs

Watch videos of past programs presented online by the museum.

Interview: Fashioning Masks (July 20, 2020)
Curator of contemporary art Caroline Kipp talks with Erin Robertson, winner of Project Runway Season 15, about her artistic practice and donation efforts.
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Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: From Ottoman Court Prayer Rugs to the 'Transylvanian' Group and Beyond (July 18)
Independent scholar Stefano Ionescu shares new research on various Ottoman Court prayer rugs and the influences that shaped them.
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Interview: Fashion and Disease Prevention (July 16, 2020)
Curator of contemporary art Caroline Kipp talks with fashion historian Alison Matthews David about where today’s masks fit into the story of how we protect ourselves with clothing.
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Interview: Masks, Art, Protection, and Politics (July 15, 2020)
Curator of contemporary art Caroline Kipp talks with practicing artist Kate Kretz about how she is incorporating the mask form into her artistic practice.
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Interview: Sustainability and Mask Making (July 8, 2020)
Curator of contemporary art Caroline Kipp talks with Yasmin Ahram of the Slow Factory Foundation about sustainability and mask making.
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Interview: Masks for this Medical Moment (July 7, 2020)
Curator of contemporary art Caroline Kipp talks with Ana M. Rule, Ph.D., about mask making from a medical perspective.
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Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Rugs and Textiles of Morocco (June 27, 2020)
Collector Roger Pratt journeys through a number of rarely seen private collections, highlighting Berber weavings, contemporary rugs, and historical silk embroideries and workshop production.
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Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Color Theory for Oriental Rug Lovers (June 6, 2020)
Collector Wendel Swan introduces color theory, demonstrating how the selection and juxtaposition of colors in textiles leads us to perceive and appreciate colors in surprising ways.
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Discover our collections

Visit our pilot collections website to explore more than 7,000 artworks from four collections, including nearly 4,000 textiles from around the globe and over 1,800 works related to the history of Washington, D.C.

Discover our exhibitions

Watch video tours of current and past exhibitions, and download free digital catalogues.

Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen (2020)
Extraordinary works from Lloyd Cotsen’s world-renowned collections of textile fragments, garments, and other artworks reflect his eclectic taste.
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Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt (2019)
Rare wall hangings, curtains, and other luxury fabrics from nine museum collections transport you to the richly decorated interiors of early medieval Egypt.
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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair (2017)
Discover exquisite designs from the trailblazing fashion show that brought global couture to African-American communities.
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Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora (2016)
Contemporary artists use the intimate medium of textiles to share powerful stories of immigrants escaping persecution, war, and economic hardship in search of better lives.
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Your Next President . . . ! The Campaign Art of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman (2016)
Rare campaign flags and political memorabilia illustrate how presidential campaigning developed in the 19th century.
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Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories (2015)
More than 100 pieces spanning 2,000 years and five continents explore expressions of individual, cultural, political, and social identity through the ages.
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Resources for Textile Care

In this series of short videos, Chief Conservator Maria Fusco offers advice on how you can care for your own textiles—including family heirlooms, textiles from your travels, personal collections, and more.

How do I safely store my textile(s) at home?

What is the best way to store a flat textile?

What is the best way to store a quilt or costume?

What is the best way to store a small or fragile textile?

Should my textile be cleaned?

What cleaning or maintenance can I undertake on my own?

How can my textile be repaired?

How do I find a conservator in my area?