Video: Interview with the Collector

Collector Bea Roberts, together with curator Lee Talbot, discusses her journeys across southwest China in search of rapidly vanishing textile traditions. A collaboration with the George Washington University Confucius Institute.

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

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

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