Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

Detail of jacket in exhibition
Festival jacket (back detail), Miao people, Taijiang County, Guizhou Province, 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.

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Detail of pillar rug from the museum's collections

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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.