Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

Detail of jacket in exhibition
Festival jacket (front detail), China, Guizhou Province, Taijiang County, Miao people, 20th century. The Textile Museum 2015.8.158. The Bea Roberts Collection of Chinese Minority Textiles.
February 24–July 9, 2018

For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum’s collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization.

Exhibition support is generously provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and Roger and Claire Pratt. Related programming is supported by Mrs. Eleanor Coppola and the GW Confucius Institute. 

On View

Detail of pillar rug from the museum's collections

Selections from The Textile Museum Collections

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

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.

For the Record: Picturing D.C.

Compelling images selected through the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s annual juried competition document the city’s evolving urban landscape through the eyes of local artists.

A Collector’s Vision: Treasures from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

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

Expansive Visions: GW Collection Past, Present, Future

Organized by GW's Luther Brady Art Gallery and presented in the museum's lower-level galleries, this exhibition traces GW's history and evolution as a presenter of contemporary art through highlights from the university collection.

Upcoming Programs

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