Textiles 101

A visitor handles a fabric sample in Textiles 101 gallery
Photo by Thelma Young

Ongoing

From ancient practice to contemporary art, all textiles share the basic elements of fiber, structure, and color. Our interactive displays allow you to enter the mind of an artist to explore these elements and the creative choices that influence textile design.

On View

Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen

This exhibition brings together global treasures gathered by Lloyd Cotsen, who assembled thousands of textile fragments, garments, and other artworks over his lifetime.

George Washington and His World

Curated by GW students, this display of letters, prints, and artifacts from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection presents a nuanced look at Washington through the places that shaped him.

Detail of Peruvian tunic

Selections from The Textile Museum Collection

You can always find a rotating selection of objects from The Textile Museum Collection on view in the museum's lower-level galleries, including many objects that have rarely or never before been displayed.

Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection

A selection of maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection includes recent acquisitions and rare treasures.

Textiles 101

Interactive displays allow you to enter the mind of an artist to explore fiber, structure, color, and the creative choices that influence textile design.