February 10 – July 30, 2006 – Exhibition on rarely seen textiles selected by the Director Daniel Walker.
TM Announcement: Director’s Choice from the Museum’s Collections presents Director Daniel Walker’s selection of 28 rarely exhibited textiles from The Textile Museum’s permanent holdings, which number more than 17,000 objects.
The resulting exhibition is varied in terms of culture and function, representing the major areas of textiles traditionally collected by the Museum. Included are textiles from South America, Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Japan.
The exhibition features many special pieces, including a Persian kilim acquired by Museum founder George Hewitt Myers in 1926. The kilim has not been exhibited since 1987. The kilim is in pristine condition and was a favorite of Myers, who used the design for his bookplate.
Another textile, to be exhibited for the first time, is an embroidered alpaca mantle from the Museum’s pre-Columbian Peruvian holdings.
African textiles include objects from Cameroon – among them three sculptural hats, which have never been exhibited.
South Asian objects include a never exhibited skirt from Laos.
Among objects from Caucasus and Central Asia are exhibited interesting covers from 18th-19th century.