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: Saturday, January 28, 2017
EVENT: Annual Business Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner

HAPPY HOUR – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

POTLUCK DINNER –Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The IHBS has been holding successful potluck dinners for many years. Participants should bring a favorite dish that can either be an appetizer, entrée, salad or dessert. Whatever you bring should serve about eight people. The IHBS will provide wine, beer, and some non-alcoholic beverages.

SHORT ANNUAL MEETING –between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. Election of Board of Directors and announcements.

LOCATION: Basement of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Avenue, NW, at the intersection of Ellicott Street and Connecticut Avenue.

SPEAKER: Thomas Cook


DATE: Sunday, February 12, 2017
TIME: 2:00pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW
SUBJECT: Secrets of Tibetan Weaving
SPEAKER: Rupert Smith

Rupert Smith will talk to us about Tibetan carpets as described in his book Secrets of Tibetan Weaving: The Greensmith Collection. Topics will include the origins of Tibetan weaving, looms and techniques, the making of Tibetan rugs, Chequer rugs (Shomig), cushions, Gampa Dzong carpets, Gyantse carpets, horse trappings, and Wangden monastic carpets. Rupert may bring 19thC Tibetan rugs and an example of an early silk road Tibetan Imperial period (660-770AD) silk as well for study purposes.

Rupert Smith is from Derbyshire, England, and bought his first rug in the bazaar in Istanbul over thirty years ago. Following his first visit to Tibet in 1986 he has dedicated himself to the study of Tibetan culture, with particular attention to the unique craft of Tibetan weft and weave. As well as having an eye for the rugs characteristic of daily life on the remote Tibetan plateau, he sponsors a project in Tibet dedicated to making Wangden meditation rugs. With energy and tenacity Rupert has promoted the revival of ancient skills by supplying the weavers with natural dyes from Nepal and India and has brought them to the attention of the outside world. His knowledge of the rarest and most exquisite antique Tibetan rugs is second to none and can be found in his book Secrets of Tibetan Weaving.


DATE: Sunday, March 26, 2017
TIME: TBA
LOCATION: TBA
SUBJECT: TBA
SPEAKER: Stefano Ionescu



Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest



DATE: November 30, 2016, 5:00pm
SPEAKER: Ann Marie Moeller, Japanese textile scholar and independent curator
SUBJECT: Kimono Decoded Along Hiroshige's Tokaido Road
LOCATION: The Textile Museum

Japan's military shogunate government punished ostentatiously dressed non-samurai in the nineteenth when Hiroshige produced his masterpiece series of woodblock prints illustrating the fifty-three lodging stops of the Tokaido Road. Japanese textile scholar and independent curator Ann Marie Moeller will explore how the kimono worn by Hiroshige's subjects proclaim their social status, how enforced "plainness" resulted in a sophisticated and subtle chic, and how commoners circumvented the shogun's sumptuary laws.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery's exhibition "Along the Eastern Road: Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido."


DATE: February 11, 2017
SPEAKER: Richard Isaacson
SUBJECT: Tents and Furnishings of the Nomads of Central Asia
LOCATION: The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Richard Isaacson will give the 10th Annual Caroline and McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture.


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