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35th Annual Celebration of Textiles

Saturday, June 1, 10 AM–4 PM • Sunday, June 2, 1–5 PM

FREE Admission

Important notice: WMATA is closing the Dupont Circle and Farragut North metro stations
on June 1 and 2 for major track work
.

Recommended bus routes:

• If you are traveling from Bethesda, Friendship Heights, or Chevy Chase: L2, N6
• From Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan: 42
• From Palisades, Glover Park, or Georgetown: D2, D6 (Stadium Armory)
• From Shaw, Howard University: G2
• From RFK Stadium, Union Station: D6 (Sibley Hospital)

Free shuttle buses will operate continuously between Woodley Park and Metro Center.

For more information on the Metro closure and alternate transportation options, please visit www.wmata.com.

About the 2013 Celebration of Textiles

Join us in The Textile Museum's verdant gardens this June for our annual Celebration of Textiles. Now in its 35th year, this free, two-day festival will be the last at our historic S Street location before we reopen at the George Washington University in 2014.

Kids of all ages can explore the textile arts through a range of hands-on art activities—including printing, weaving, and braiding—and live demonstrations from local guilds. The Baltimore Embroiderer's Guild, Batik Tambal, and Woodmont Weavers are just a few of the participants who will exhibit their skills. See everything from spinning and weaving to batik- and basket-making to sheep shearing.

In addition to celebrating "everything textile," this year's festival will also immerse visitors in Southeast Asian culture, with traditional Indonesian and Lao music performances by the House of Angklung and the Lao Heritage Foundation, tasty cuisine from Satay Sarinah Indonesian Restaurant available for purchase, and docent-led tours of our current exhibition, Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains.

A cornerstone of the event will be a special award ceremony recognizing the artistic achievements of students from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Center City Public Charter School – Brightwood Campus, Hearst Elementary School, and John Philip Sousa Middle School, who have been working with Textile Museum staff and volunteers for the past several months to create unique textile art projects. These projects will be on view during the entire month of June at The Textile Museum.

Saturday, June 1

Demonstrations
Baltimore Embroiderer’s Guild: Embroidery
David Zahirpour: Rug Restoration
High Country Basket Guild: Basket Weaving
Woodmont Weavers: Loom Weaving
Batik Tambal: Resist Dyeing
Fluff & Nonsense: Carding, spinning, weaving, and all things fiber

Make & Take Art Activities
Braid a Bracelet
Print a Bandana
Weave a Bookmark
Kawung & Parang Coloring Sheets

Sheep Shearing
11:15 AM: Live demonstration by Leanne Reuter

On Stage
12:00 PM: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington Textile Art Class Awards Ceremony
12:30 PM: Museum-School Partnership 2013 Awards Ceremony
2:30 PM: Indonesian Musical Performance by House of Angklung

Sunday, June 2

Demonstrations
Chesapeake Regional Lace Guild: Bobbin Lace Making
High Country Basket Guild: Basket Weaving
Woodmont Weavers: Loom Weaving
Batik Tambal: Resist Dyeing
Fluff & Nonsense: Carding, spinning, weaving, and all things fiber

Make & Take Art Activities
Braid a Bracelet
Print a Bandana
Weave a Bookmark
Kawung & Parang Coloring Sheets

Sheep Shearing
2:45 PM: Live demonstration by Leanne Reuter

On Stage
3:30 PM: Traditional Lao Musical Performance by Lao Heritage Foundation

Schedule subject to change.

Celebration of Textiles is part of the Museum Walk Weekend, organized by the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium, which opens participating museums to the public for free; visit www.dkmuseums.com for more information.

Celebration of Textiles is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Media Sponsor: Washington Examiner.

About The Textile Museum

Created and prized by cultures around the world for millennia, textiles are beautiful works of art that tell stories about the people who made them. The Textile Museum expands public knowledge and appreciation—locally, nationally, and internationally—of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles through scholarship, exhibitions, and educational programs. Currently situated in museum founder George Hewitt Myers’s historic home and gardens, The TM is joining with the George Washington University and will reopen as the cornerstone of a new museum in Foggy Bottom in fall 2014.

About Celebration of Textiles

In 1978, The Textile Museum hosted a celebration of textile arts in its gardens to commemorate International Museum Day. That event served as the catalyst for what has now blossomed into Celebration of Textiles, a lively weekend of fiber art activities and fun for the entire family.

The festival started with the goal of inviting people to drop in and learn about the techniques and cultures represented in the museum's exhibitions, drawing in new audiences and offering an opportunity for people of all ages to explore the wonder and variety of textile art.

While The Textile Museum now provides a range of opportunities year-round for children to learn about textiles—from school programs to the museum's Textile Learning Center—the spirit of Celebration of Textiles has remained constant. It aims to build a greater appreciation of the textile arts through intergenerational activities that can be enjoyed by children, parents, friends, and grandparents.

 

 

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