Planned Events
of the International Hajji Baba Society

*Some programs such as salons and home visits marked with an * are open only to Hajji members and require pre-registration two weeks in advance of the event. Information on location and how to register will be forthcoming.

DATE: Sunday, March 26, 2017
TIME: 2pm - 4pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: 18th and 19th century Turkish Rugs and their Relation to the ‘Transylvanian’ Group
SPEAKER: Stefano Ionescu

*DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017
TIME: See Below
LOCATION: To Be Supplied
SUBJECT: Open House at Members' Home
SPEAKERS: Kelly Webb and Frances Plunkett

Kelly Webb and Frances Plunkett are collectors, respectively, of Baluch, non-Turkmen central Asian. Anatolian, and Baluch rugs, kilims, and other textiles. In particular, Kelly has a group of Kyrgyz door rugs and a number of Yuncu (western Anatolia) kilims of good age. Frances has a collection of Baluch balisht (cushion covers) and a small group of older Turkmen okbash. They would like to share their best things and will be happy to answer questions so far as they are able.

Because their house is small, there will be two sessions, 1:00-2:00 and 3:00-4:00, with a limit of 10 IHBS members per session.

Approximately one to two weeks before the event, an email will be sent to members advising the sign-up details.

DATE: Saturday June 3rd, 2017
TIME: 2pm - 4pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: Lighting Your Carpets
SPEAKER: Michael Kaplan

The talk will focus on practical suggestions for safely lighting your carpet collections in a manner that brings out the beauty of their colors. Definition of terms such as LEDs, MR16s, Kelvin, lumens, color temperature, low voltage, line voltage and ultra violet (UV) will be covered. Topics will include solar color films on windows and skylights to decrease fading due to heat and UV light, suggested bulbs and fixtures for ceiling-mounted accent lights, comparisons of LED, halogen and incandescent lights, recessed versus track lighting, examples of snap-on attachments for MR16 bulbs to "frame"¯ your textiles and cost estimates of the above. A time for questions and answers will follow the presentation. A handout sheet of suggested bulbs, lenses and fixtures will be provided.

Michael Kaplan is a recently retired veterinarian who loves carpets and the collection of the same. He joined IHBS and the Textile Museum to become more involved and knowledgeable about this field and to meet fellow collectors. He was involved with lining up continuing education veterinary programs for the Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association and served as the group's vice president and president for the last 15 years before retiring.

DATE: Saturday, October 21, 2017
TIME: 2 pm - 4 pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: The Coptic Tapestry Albums and The Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet
SPEAKER: Nancy Hoskins

Frescoes, paintings, mosaics, and sculptures from all over the Roman Empire depict distinctive textiles decorated with tapestry, such as those found in Coptic Egyptian burial sites (3rd -7th century A.D.). The colorful ornaments illustrate birds, fish, fruit, flowers, figures, portraits, geometric motifs, religious symbols, and narrative scenes both classical and Christian. The tapestries and other textiles reveal the rich cultural construct of the time and place in which they were created. The lecture will focus on her book about the Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet and his connection with the unique collection of tapestry fragments at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. Slides from her museum research in over fifty museums and a display of her own personal collection of one thousand year old Coptic fragments will be shared.

Nancy Arthur Hoskins, a former college weaving instructor, researched Coptic collections in over fifty museums around the world. She is the author of "Universal Stitches for Weaving, Embroidery, and Other Fiber Arts," "Weft-Faced Pattern Weaves: Tabby to Taqueté" and "The Coptic Tapestry Albums and the Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet." She has contributed chapters about Egyptian textiles to five other books. Nancy has researched Pharaonic, Coptic, and Early Islamic textile collections in over eighty museums in Canada, England, France, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Peru, and America. She has presented lectures and workshops for national and international guilds, conferences, and universities. Hoskins’ art fabrics have been in solo, group, and invitational exhibits. In 2009 and 2010 she led The Textiles of Egypt Tours, in 2013 presented a lecture at Yale University’s Peabody Museum and in 2015 took a Textile Tour of Peru, taught in England, and exhibited her art fabrics in Oregon. Currently researching and publishing articles on Bronze Age Minoan and Egyptian textile patterns found in paintings.

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest

The Textile Museum Calendar

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