Workshop/Tour of Two Ikat Exhibits at the Aurthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Textile Museum at GWU - Center for Contemporary Arab Studies | Georgetown University
Ikat silk pattern from a Central Asian coat

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 9:15 am to 3:30 pm. We will meet at CCAS Georgetown #141 (upstairs) and take a bus to the Sackler, returning to Georgetown from the GW Textile Museum in the afternoon.

The Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Textile Museum at George Washington University are each holding an exhibit on the art of ikat textiles: “To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia” (Sackler) and “Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat” (Textile Museum). The K-14 Education Outreach program at CCAS Georgetown invites 25 teachers to an exhibit tour and exploration of these wonderful textiles, which have attracted the attention of contemporary designers.

While the art of resist-dyeing skeins of silk to weave into ikat fabrics is most associated with Central Asia, the technique has a long heritage in the Indian Ocean region, with examples from Yemen and Southeast Asia as well. In fact, the word ikat is of Malay origin, and means “to tie.”

We will depart from CCAS Georgetown at 9:15 am by charter bus, and return to campus by 3:30 pm. A boxed lunch will be provided as a picnic in the Enid Haupt Garden (near the Sackler) before departing for the Textile Museum in the afternoon. Register here to reserve your place for an enjoyable day!

This event is made possible in part by a Title VI grant from the U. S. Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center of the Middle East and North Africa at Georgetown University, with additional funding from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies for education outreach and public events. 

Image: Woman’s robe, Central Asia, 1800–50, Silk and cotton, Gift of Guido Goldman, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2005.15