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 13th, 2016
TIME: 2:15pm
Join us before the talk for snacks prepared by William and Martha Bateson

TIME: 2:30pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW
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.

DATE: Sunday, January 29, 2016
EVENT: Annual Dinner Meeting

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
SPEAKER: Stefano Ionescu

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest

The Textile Museum Calendar

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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