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, October 9, 2016
EVENT: Annual IHBS Picnic
TIME: noon

DATE: Sunday, October 16, 2016
TIME: 2.30pm
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
TIME: 3.00pm
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: 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

DATE: November 11-13, 2016

International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets

This year, the 37th meeting of the International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets will take place in Hamburg on November 11-13, 2016. This year’s program will branch out to include Central Asia, focussing on Uzbekistan. There will be many exhibitions and lectures, including one by our own Richard Isaacson on his recent research on the kilims of the Arabs in Uzbekistan. For further information, see the announcement of the current plans for the meeting here.

DATE: November 5, 2016

Textile Museum Symposium, and opening of the exhibition "Bingata! Only in Okinawa".

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