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, June 14, 2015
TIME: 3:30pm
LOCATION: St. Paul's Lutheran Church basement chapel
down the stairs and past the kitchen
4900 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC
Parking on Ellicott Street

SPEAKER: Cecilia Anderson
SUBJECT: Classic Laces: Fashion, Status, and Civilization

From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, European fashion in clothing and furnishings depended on exquisitely delicate and wildly expensive handmade lace. Lace, an ornamental openwork fabric most commonly executed in fine white linen, is a uniquely European textile form that developed and flourished during the few centuries in which Europeans were establishing global colonial empires. As Europeans encountered Native Americans, Africans, and Asians, they developed ideas of gentility and civilization to differentiate themselves, including a concept of cleanliness through the use and display of fine, white, and lace-trimmed body linens. In this talk I will consider two main types of fashion laces, needle lace and bobbin lace, covering their histories, techniques, and identification, and exploring their origins and social context within developing European concepts of gentility in a global age.

Cecilia Gunzburger Anderson is a textile historian, museum curator, and teacher currently serving as Faculty in The Smithsonian Associates/George Mason University M.A. program in the History of Decorative Arts. Previously, she was Assistant Curator at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC, where she organized an exhibition and symposium on Navajo weaving with Ann Hedlund, a leading scholar of Navajo textiles. Cecilia has published and lectured on indigenous Mexican weaving, contemporary fiber art, and other topics, including the standard reference on textile cataloging terminology for museums, and has organized exhibitions on a global range of textile topics. She holds an M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies from the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee.

DATE: Sunday, September 27, 2015
EVENT: *IHBS Picnic
TIME: 12 noon
LOCATION: *TBA


DATE: Friday, October 16, 2015 (tentative)
EVENT: *Private tour of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian textiles
TIME: 10:30am
LOCATION: *Dumbarton Oaks


DATE: Sunday, November 15, 2015
TIME: TBA
LOCATION: *Private home
SUBJECT: *Kurdish textiles

The Kurds are an ancient rug-weaving culture with unique structural and design features of their weavings. Kurds have traditionally lived in the hills and mountains at the edges of surrounding empires and have rarely formed a unified nation of their own. The dispersal of Kurds to different geographic regions has led them to adopt designs and color palette similar to those of neighboring weavers, sometimes making it difficult to distinguish Kurdish weaving from those of other groups. Rug dealers and some collectors also sometimes prefer to classify Kurdish weavings as those of other groups considered to be more prestigious. A private collector will demonstrate examples of misclassified Kurdish weaving and review some of the distinguishing features of Kurdish rugs and other textiles.

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest


DATE: April 17 - July 5,2015
EVENT: Hats on the Silk Road: Selections from the Collection of Russell S. and Dona Fling

The Columbus Museum of Art invites you to explore the culture and history of Southern Asia’s Silk Road. Hats on the Silk Road: Selections from the Collection of Russell S. and Dona Fling, on view April 17 – July 5, showcases the remarkable collection of Russell S. and Dona Fling, among the most important collections of its kind in the world.

The exhibition presents a colorful selection of headdresses, hats and, skullcaps from the Fling Collection and examines the history, provenance and, cultural backgrounds from which the works come. These hats reflect the people who made them, as well as their cultures, religions, customs, traditions, livelihoods, social status, time periods, and even the climate. Hats were made for practical purposes, such as protection from the weather; for special occasions, such as weddings; for recognizing social or political status; and for purposes of religion. They represent all levels of society, from rulers to ordinary citizens, rich and poor, male and female, adult and child. Some were worn by kings, queens, and powerful political leaders; others, by brides and grooms. More information here.


DATE: June 5-14, 2015
EVENT: Stefano Ionesco's Study Tour to Transylvania & Bukovina

During the tour we will visit the cultural attraction in and around Bucharest, in Transylvania and in Bukovina: art museums, fortified churches, painted monasteries, Royal palaces, medieval castles and pristine nature in the Carpathians. Our focus will be on Ottoman Carpets (we’ll see over 200 examples), post Byzantine embroideries and Romanian folk kilims and textiles.

More information available here. There is a discount for members of the IHBS registering before 15 January.


DATE: July 9-13, 2015
EVENT: Textile Society of America tour, International Folk Art Market

Textiles Close Up at the International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, NM
Celebrate & Preserve Living Folk Art Traditions

-Experience the market with renowned textile scholars Mary Littrell and Elena Phipps
-Attend the opening night VIP party with the first chance to visit the booths and shop
-Meet some of the Folk Art Market textile artists at a private panel and during an optional opportunity to assist an artist in his or her booth
-Take an exclusive curator-led tour of the new exhibit "The Red that Colored the World" at the Museum of International Folk Art

Registration is now open to the public through May 1st here.


DATE: August 6 - 9, 2015
EVENT: International Conference on Oriental Carpets

The thirteenth International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) will be held in Washington, DC, August 6– 9, 2015. This conference is being organized in collaboration with and in support of the new Textile Museum, on the campus of the George Washington University. Events will include a series of lectures, special admission to the important inaugural exhibition “Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories,” a reception, admission to other Washington exhibitions, access to the TM’s new conservation and storage facilities in Ashburn, VA, and an optional post-conference tour to Philadelphia and New York City. Registration for ICOC XIII will begin in early April. See here, which will post further details of the conference. Extraordinarily favorable hotel rates are being arranged. A carpet fair will be separately organized.


DATE: May 19-30, 2016
EVENT: Indonesian Textile Cruise

Notice from British textile researchers David and Sue Richardson:

We are delighted to announce that the dates of our 2016 tour will be 19-30 May. We will again be exploring some of the most beautiful islands of Indonesia - Flores, Lembata, Alor, Timor, Savu, Sumba and Rinca - from the comfort of the beautiful Ombak Putih.

Our days will be spent exploring weaving villages and learning about natural dyeing techniques, plus of course some time for snorkelling and relaxing on deck. Each evening we will give a talk on the people and textiles we will be encountering the next day.

The trip is limited to 22 participants. Why not be one of them and join us for the trip of a lifetime?

Full details can be found in this PDF brochure or by email at hine.house@ntlworld.com


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