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
LOCATION: St. Paul's Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC

EVENT: Annual Pot Luck Dinner Meeting
SPEAKER: TBA


Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest



DATE: October 31 - November 2, 2014
EVENT: International Collectors of Turkmen Carpets

The 35th meeting of the International Collectors of Turkmen Carpets will again be in Hamburg this year, from October 31 to November 2, 2014. The focus will be on the “tree-of-life” motif, and there will be lectures and exhibitions in connection with this theme. The details can be seen here.


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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