Lecture/Show-and-Tell: American Textiles and the Great War

Madelyn Shaw, curator of textiles, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

U.S. involvement in World War I had a profound impact on the nation's textile industries. From Khaki-Kool to Cartridge Silk, paper yarn to Peruvian cotton, the American textile industry worked to meet wartime needs even before the country was officially at war. Through the collections of the Department of Textiles at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, this talk explores American efforts to deal with shortages of raw materials, interruptions in the supply chains, anti-German sentiments, and textile requirements of both the military and civilians.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required.