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

Lecture: The Story of Cotton and the Indian Subcontinent

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join Karthika Audinet as she traces the origins of cotton from the Indus Valley Civilization to the inimitable fine muslins of Dhaka.

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Film: "China’s Guizhou Ethnic Groups, Part I: Preface, Miao, Bouyei, Dong"

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

This documentary, the first half of an eight-part series, explores the origins, rituals, and elaborate dress of three minority cultures in Southwest China.

Gallery Talk: Plush Life in Ikat Velvet

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:00pm

Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art at the Freer|Sackler, will discuss the production of ikat velvets in late nineteenth-century Central Asia through examples on display in "Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat."

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: "A Visit to China’s Miao Country"

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:00pm

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

Workshop: Ikat Binding and Dyeing

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

Try your hand at the involved dye-layering process of ikat in a step-by-step, hands-on binding and dyeing workshop led by Christina P. Day, professor of fiber and sculptural studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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.