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.
Through 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. 

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Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

Explore dozens of festival costumes from minority cultures in southwest China that are new to the museum’s collections.

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