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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 our collections, and discover exhibitions through videos and digital catalogues. 

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Sign up for emails from the museum and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for weekly art activities, collections insights, and more.

Join an online program

Virtual Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning on June 6

Join us online for the first virtual program in our Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning series. Longtime collector Wendel Swan will introduce you to color theory, and help you better understand your physiological reactions and attractions to color.
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Virtual Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning on June 27

Textile enthusiast, collector, and traveler Roger Pratt will take you on a journey through the textiles of Morocco—including Berber weavings, contemporary rugs, and historical silk embroideries from a number of rarely seen private collections.
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Online Course Starting July 11

This summer, we are presenting a new online course, Textile Design & History, with the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. For six weeks, join experienced textile designer and educator Karthika Audinet for an introduction to inspiring textiles from around the world, and a chance to develop your own skills and knowledge.
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Discover our collections

Visit our pilot collections website to explore more than 6,000 artworks from four collections, including over 3,000 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?