Ceremonial Weaving (Pua Kumbu)
late 19th Century
Cotton with warp-ikat patterning
122 x 183 cm (48 1/16 x 72 1/16 in.)
Yale University Art Gallery

Textiles Close Up  is an exciting new series of study-workshops that will provide  opportunities to examine first hand , textiles in leading museum and private collections , guided by  renowned experts.    Workshops will focus on the exploration of the materials, techniques, styles, culture and history of selected textile traditions, that will vary for each event. The format will offer first-hand, close up viewing of the textiles in the storerooms, laboratories and study rooms of the various institutions offering unprecedented access and learning opportunities.

Offered in different locations and scheduled periodically throughout the year,  Textiles Close Up  will be of particular interest to curators, art historians, educators, students, fiber artists, collectors of textiles and others interested in learning first-hand from close-up examination .

This year’s program is partially supported by a generous donation from Textile Arts, (Santa Fe, New Mexico).

This inaugural year, the TSA is pleased to present three workshops:

May 16, 2013
Indonesian Textiles  with  curator Ruth Barnes  at the Yale University Art Gallery

October 25, 2013
Printed Textiles in Europe and North America  with curator  Pamela Parmal  at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

November tbd, 2013
Interwoven Globe: Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500 – 1800  with curator  Melinda Watt  and the exhibition’s curatorial team, Ratti Textile Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Textiles Close Up  reflects the TSA’s ongoing commitment to  the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles.    In keeping with this mandate, TSA is also pleased to offer special fees to student/ new professional participants and will offer one scholarship for each event.   Due to the behind-the-scenes locations of these events, the number of participants will be limited.

Registration is now open for:
Textiles Close Up
Indonesia at the Yale University Art Gallery
May 16, 2013

Join curator and TSA member Dr. Ruth Barnes for an exclusive day-visit to the Yale University Art Gallery and its rich collection of textiles from Indonesia. The small-group tour begins at the Gallery, which recently re-opened to the public following major — and highly praised — expansions. Participants will gather for an à-la-carte luncheon at the Union League Café.  In the afternoon Ruth will guide a focused session examining weavings from Lampung and Palembang (South Sumatra), Java, Borneo and Sulawesi at YUAG’s off-site collections storage. A private reception will complete the day.

The tour is limited to 12 participants (including three students and one scholarship recipient).  Early registration for TSA members until April 5th and general registration closes for all on April 16th.

Please see Textile Society of America website for further information and registration forms.

View of the new Indo-Pacific Art Gallery