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, June 5th, 2016
LOCATION: 2nd floor conference room
Arlington Central Library
1015, N. Quincy street, Arlington.
SUBJECT: The Blue Veil of Ladakh
SPEAKER: Jaina Mishra
Ladakh - a region that lies hidden in the heart of the Himalayas, boasts of the most extravagant and heaviest bridal headdress ever made in the history of mankind. In this talk we explore the cultural and artistic significance of the Blue Veil, the turquoise-laden Perak headdress.
Jaina Mishra is a passionate student of vanishing cultures and traditional arts. She has curated textile art exhibitions, written for Hali and her award-winning cultural photographs have been exhibited in several cities. Jaina holds an MBA degree from Bombay University and is also a member of MENSA. Her web site is here.
DATE: Sunday, July 17, 2016
EVENT: IHBS Member Show & Tell Part 1
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
The first Show & Tell will be scheduled for Sunday July 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM and will be a regionally themed event focusing on rugs, kilims, trappings, tent furnishings, and costume from Central Asia; and from the territories of the former Ottoman Empire (including Anatolia, the Balkans, and the Levant). The program will be open to the public but only IHBS members will be able to reserve a slot to show their pieces. RSVP procedures will be described in the newsletter. The program program will end promptly at 4:30 PM.
DATE: Sunday, August 14, 2016
EVENT: IHBS Member Show & Tell Part 2
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
The second Show & Tell event will be held on Sunday August 14, 2016 at 2:30 PM at the TM venue. This event will focus on textiles from Greater Persia (including Afghanistan) and the Caucasus. The program will be open to the public but only IHBS members will be able to reserve a slot to show their pieces. RSVP procedures will be described in the newsletter. The program will end promptly at 4:30 PM.
DATE: Sunday, October 9, 2016
EVENT: Annual IHBS Picnic
DATE: Sunday, October 16, 2016
SUBJECT: Indonesian Textiles from the Roger Pratt Collection
SPEAKER: Roger Pratt
This talk will feature a variety of textiles from Roger Pratt’s Indonesian collection and will consider design influences and historical context for the pieces presented. Images from textile travels in the region will supplement the presentation.
Roger is a textile enthusiast, collector, and traveler. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University Museum/The Textile Museum and is the outgoing President of New York’s rug and textile society, The Hajji Baba Club. Roger recently retired from a 32 year career at Prudential Real Estate Investors where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager for a series of large commercial real estate funds on behalf of pension funds. He and his wife Claire now reside in Washington D.C.
DATE: Sunday, November 13th, 2016
SPEAKER: Patrick Weiler
SUBJECT: Flatweaves 101
From Alternating Soumak to Zili: The Basic Structures of Oriental Flatweaves
Flat woven items have been cherished by nomadic weavers for their versatility and durable, lightweight construction.Flatweaves are said to predate pile weaving; and although felt may be older than the earliest flatweaves, there is no weaving in the making of felt. Flatweave structures are more complex than the limited varieties of knotted-pile techniques, and complicated flatweave variations can confound both the novice and dedicated collector. Most rug enthusiasts can readily identify the frequently encountered slit-weave tapestry construction of the kilim, with variations of this technique including dovetailed and interlocked tapestry. But beyond recognizing these relatively common kilim structures, many collectors are confused, baffled and bewildered. Quite often, flatweaves are constructed of multiple weaving techniques, complicating their identification and attribution.
This program will discuss the basics of these techniques and present photos and weavings to illustrate them. The most commonly encountered flatweave structures include tapestry, soumak, weft-substitution, brocade, complementary weft weave, warp-substitution, warp float patterning and others.
This presentation is intended to enlighten, educate and increase your ability to identify and attribute the different types of flatweaves and related textiles. Often, their distinct construction techniques can assist in identifying their country, region and tribe of origin. They may also help to determine the usage of the weavings and the physical characteristics that make them suitable for those uses.
Patrick Weiler is the current President and Program Chairman of the STARS (the Seattle Textile and Rug Society,) and has been collecting mostly tribal rugs for over twenty years, with a particular emphasis on Luri pieces. He will bring examples from his collection of flatweaves, and he invites IHBS members to bring examples of all kinds of flat-woven rugs and trappings techniques for show & tell.
Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest
DATE: June 9-20, 2016
Transylvania & Bukovina is a wonderful mix of cultural vestiges and nature; I was so happy to have on the 2015 tour people from Swizerland. Meeting the local Saxon community, especially for those who speak German, is a real highlight. This year we have some unique features like the presence on the tour of a professional photographer of Brasov, (Eduard Baak) who will produce an album of the tour; here are some of his wonderful photos.
Here is the link to the brochure.
DATE: June 10-12, 2016
ARTS East 2016, Boston
ARTS East will be returning with a new venue in central Boston!
The show will take place at...
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the ARTS,
539 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116.
ARTS Antique Rug & Textile Show is the largest international event of its kind dedicated to genuine antique ethnographic weavings. Our annual San Francisco show is now in its 8th year. This will be our second annual Boston area show, the first at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Here is the link to the web site
DATE: September 13-25, 2016
In September Stefano Ionescu will have a new edition of the Trip to Italy (13-25 September 2016) in combination with Sartirana Textile Show. This is a wonderful tour designed for who visited already Italy and wants to see more…
Here is the link to the brochure
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