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, September 27, 2015
TIME: 12 noon

DATE: Friday, October 16, 2015 (tentative)
EVENT: *Private tour of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian textiles
Attendence will be strictly limited to twelve IHBS members
TIME: 10:30am
LOCATION: *Dumbarton Oaks

DATE: Sunday, November 15, 2015
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: November 6-8, 2015
EVENT: 36th Meeting of International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets

LOCATION: Hamburg Germany

Invitation to IHBS members for the 36th Meeting of International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets in Hamburg, Germany. This year’s meeting will be a bit later than usual, and is set for November 6-8, 2015. Details of the lectures and exhibitions can be found here.

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

DATE: November 6-8, 2015
EVENT: Indonesian Textile Cruise

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