Textiles at Twelve

Photo from Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator
Thursdays at 12 PM

Weekly lunchtime programs—including films, lectures, and gallery talks—focus on the textile arts and global cultures. Free; no reservations are required.

Upcoming Programs

Demonstration: Bundle Dyeing

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join textile artist An-Phuong Ly as she discusses various plants and flowers used as natural dyes and explores the ways that color can be extracted.

Film: "China’s Guizhou Ethnic Groups, Part II: Tujia,Yi, Shui, Gelao"

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 12:00pm

This documentary, the final half of an eight-part series, explores the origins, rituals, and distinctive dress of four of Southwest China's minority cultures.

Film and Discussion: "A Visit to China’s Miao Country"

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join film director Eleanor Coppola for a special screening of her documentary exploring Miao culture in southwest China.

SOLD OUT: Workshop: Ikat Binding and Dyeing

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

This program is sold out.

Gallery Talk: Displaying Historical Textiles and Costumes

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:00pm

Associate Conservators Cathleen Zaret and Elizabeth Shaeffer discuss their conservation treatment and mount preparations for the current exhibitions "Binding the Clouds" and "Vanishing Traditions."

Film: "A Visit to China’s Miao Country"

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Eleanor Coppola shot this documentary in the southern region of China, revealing the extraordinary textile traditions of the Miao culture.

Film: "Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo"

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

"Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo" tells the tale behind this rich blue dye.

Workshop: Knitting by Hand

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Experienced instructor Sandy Hoar will teach you how to knit using just your hands and yarn.

Workshop: Embroidery 101

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Bring your lunch and jump into the basics of embroidery with this introductory session.

Lecture: The Art of the Heart Sutra

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join GW professor Eyal Aviv in the museum's lower-level galleries to examine a Buddhist pilgrim’s jacket on display and learn more about the Buddhist scripture inscribed on the back.

Gallery Talk: Art and Mindfulness

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:00pm

Relax with Mental Health staff from GW's Colonial Health Center in the galleries with an experiential mindfulness activity and discussion of the textiles on display.

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curators and conservators.

Film: "Traveling the Silk Road"

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

This documentary delves into Uzbekistan’s rich culture and history as it uncovers the daily life of its people.

Workshop: Tiny Tapestries

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Complete your own tiny tapestry inspired by the stunning woven textiles on view in "A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia."

Lecture: Body, Ritual, and Cosmology on Daoist Robes

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join GW professor Xiaofei Kang in the museum's lower-level galleries to examine an elaborately embroidered Daoist priest's robe on display.