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, November 16, 2014
TIME: 5:45 pm
LOCATION: Arlington County Library, auditorium
1015 N Quincy St
Arlington VA
SPEAKER: Ann Marie Moeller
SUBJECT: The Element of Surprise in Japanese Kimono Tradition

Japanese textile scholar Ann Marie Moeller will explore the sophisticated level of kimono and obi design in which a garment is made to change appearance depending on lighting or proximity. Patterns can literally appear and disappear due to a passing cloud or the angle of observation. Many different weaving, embroidery and dying techniques are used to achieve these effects. Hidden designs on linings and under kimono can be revealed by the wearer’s movements. In addition, outer wear like haori (kimono jackets) often display a striking lining as the garment is taken off. Few, if any, other cultures have as highly developed an aesthetic of creating garments that surprise in both casual and intimate settings.

Ann Marie Moeller is an independent curator and Japanese textile scholar who has collected kimono since her student years at Harvard. She lectures nationally for a wide variety of institutions including The Smithsonian Associates, The Asia Society, The Textile Museum, The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, The Waters Art Museum and The Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan. Main author of Reading Kimono: Symbols and Motifs in Japanese Textiles, to be published by Schiffer, she has curated textile exhibitions for the Kennedy Center, the International Monetary Fund, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan.

DATE: Saturday, December 6, 2014
TIME: 10:30am
LOCATION: The (old) Textile Museum
2320 S Street NW
Washington, DC

SUBJECT: TM Rug and textile Appreciation Morning: Special Textiles of the International Hajji Baba Society

IHBS members will display and discuss rugs or textiles that they consider to be special within a category or special to the presenting member. Many of these have never been shown publicly.

Only a limited number of IHBS members will participate, and each will have a limited time to present their objects. IHBS member participation will require pre-registration two weeks in advance of the event. Information on location and how to register will be forthcoming.

DATE: Sunday, January 25, 2015
TIME: 5:30pm - 9:30 pm
LOCATION: St. Paul's Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC

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.

EVENT: Annual Pot Luck Dinner Meeting
SPEAKER: Dr. Jeffrey C. Splitstoser
SUBJECT: Unwrapping Khipu History: Using Structural Analysis to Trace the Possible Paracas Roots of Inka Khipus

Prior to contact with the Old World, the peoples of the New World—other than the Mayas and to some degree the Aztecs—did not write, at least not in the way Westerners think of writing using signs to represent the sounds of speech. The Inkas, who ruled much of South America at the time of conquest, did not write, but they had khipus, knotted-string devices, that served as their primary recordkeeping tool. The Inkas ran an empire using khipus. Unfortunately, no Spaniard ever learned how to read a khipu, so there is no khipu “Rosetta Stone,” so to speak, and we probably will never know for certain how to read them.

What we know is this: (1) the type of knot, number of knots, and placement of knots along the cord provided quantitative information; and (2) attributes of the knots (e.g., direction) and cords (e.g., color, material, and final twist direction) provided qualitative information about what which was being recorded, whether it be information about crop yields, irrigation and canal maintenance, the number of llamas in the royal herds (by color and fleece), or the inter-workings of the calendar. Some Spanish chroniclers maintained that khipu could even be used to record poems and personal histories.

Recent work has shown that khipus have a long history that might have begun as early as Late Paracas times (ca. 500-200 BC). Excavations at the Paracas site of Cerrillos in the Ica Valley of Peru revealed khipu-like objects made ca. 350-300 BC that are providing insights into the nature and development of khipu. This talk will describe the development of khipus from their possible beginnings as wrapped objects that conveyed information via complex multi-colored wrapped-band patterns to their use by the Wari, ancient Peru’s earliest empire, who combined wrapping and knotting in khipus to encode and transmit complex information, and to Inka, whose khipus were primarily knotted but occasionally incorporated wrapping. Perhaps by looking at the structural development of khipus, we will gain insight into the workings of these remarkable Prehispanic documents.

Dr. Jeffrey C. Splitstoser is an Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University. His current field research is at the site of El Castillo de Huarmey, studying textiles and khipus recently excavated from the tombs of three Wari queens (ca. AD 700-1000), whose remains were published in the June 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Splitstoser is finishing work as textile specialist for the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project, directed by Dr. Tom Dillehay, where Splitstoser studied 6,200 year old cotton textiles, some colored blue and representing the earliest known use of indigo dye in the world. Splitstoser is also a research associate of the Institute of Andean Studies, Berkeley; the Vice President of the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center in Barnardsville, North Carolina; and the editor (with Dr. David Stuart) of its peer-reviewed journal, Ancient America. He also provides consultation on Andean textiles for the National Museum of the American Indian. Splitstoser was a Junior Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks (2005-2006), and he is a Cosmos Club scholar. Splitstoser received his Masters degree (1999) and Ph.D. (2009) in anthropology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C. The subject of his dissertation was the textiles of Cerrillos, Ica Valley, Peru.

DATE: Sunday, March 1, 2015
SUBJECT: Turkish Kilim Designs

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest

DATE: November 17 - December 1, 2014
EVENT: EXHIBIT & CONCERT: Chiapas: Land of Woven Colors with Na'Rimbo
LOCATION: 2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009

"Mexico Through Your Senses" showcases the artistic diversity of the different regions of Mexico. Chiapas - in the south of Mexico - has a vast artistic production and rich traditions that we can see, hear, touch, taste, and appreciate. A magnificent exhibition of textiles, masks, hats, and artistic and artisanal pieces from the various cultural regions of Chiapas will be on display from November 17 to December 1.

To kick off the exhibit "Chiapas: Land Of Woven Colors," the Mexican Cultural Institute invites you to a concert with the marimba group Na'rimbo on Monday November 17 at 6:45 pm. Preserving and exploring the musical traditions of Chiapas for more than 15 years, Na'Rimbo fuses marimba with a blend of traditional and contemporary music styles including jazz, bossa nova, salsa, and many others. The group has released three albums and has played for audiences all over the world. Their performance is not to be missed!

DATE: April 2015
EVENT: South Africa Arts and Culture Tour

Anyone interested in an arts and culture tour to South Africa should check out the itinerary found here. The tour tour is being organized by Valerie Hearder, based in Nova Scotia, Canada. Please note that the tour price is in Canadian dollars.

DATE: May 2015
EVENT: Indonesian Textile Cruise

Members of the International Hajji Baba Society with a love of adventure and Indonesian ikat may be interested in joining a small group of enthusiasts to sail around the Lesser Sunda Islands in Eastern Indonesia from May 14 to 25, 2015, visiting local village dyers and weavers. The tour will be led by British researchers David and Sue Richardson. David and Sue have a special interest in Indonesian textiles having visited almost every part of the archipelago during the past twenty-five years.

More information available here and here.

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