The Textile Museum Fall Symposium

 "Show and Tell" program during the museum's 41st-annual Fall Symposium weekend.
"Show and Tell" program during the museum's 41st-annual Fall Symposium weekend. Photo by Jim McCallum.

The Textile Museum's annual fall symposium brings together academics and experts from around the world for presentations and discussions related to a current exhibition. It culminates with an interactive “Show and Tell” session, where attendees bring personal pieces relevant to the symposium theme.

For further information on past symposia, including recordings, please contact the librarian for the museum's Arthur D. Jenkins Library at [email protected].

Past Symposia

Detail of textile hanging

Colloquium: New Threads: Recent Research on Egyptian Textiles

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

Inspired by new exhibitions on the fashion and furnishings of early medieval Egypt, this colloquium features new research from five distinguished scholars that will challenge your concepts of these ancient textile artworks.

Detail of bingata textile

Fall Symposium: Only in Okinawa: Textiles and Traditions of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Inspired by the exhibition "Bingata! Only in Okinawa," the fall symposium will feature five distinguished scholars from Okinawa who will provide a broader context for Okinawa’s celebrated textile art.

Detail from John Thomson photo of seated Manchu lady

Picturing China: Qing-Dynasty Photography and Fashion

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Phu Thai women performing for textile tourists, northeast Thailand

From Village Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 5:00pm

The Textile Museum 1994.27.4

Ottoman By Design: Branding an Empire

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 5:00pm

Detail of man's status cloth, Shoowa people, D.R. Congo

Central African Textiles: Art and Cultural Narrative

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 5:00pm

Detail of woman’s robe, Central Asia

Tying the Rainbow: Reexamining Central Asian Ikats

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 5:00pm

October 2011 opening gala for "Contemporary Japanese Fashion" exhibition.

From Kimono to Couture: The Evolution of Japanese Fashion

Friday, October 16, 2009 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 5:00pm

East Caucasian rug

Cultural Threads: Exploring the Context of Oriental Rugs and Textiles

Friday, October 17, 2008 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 5:00pm