Publication_The Textile Museum Journal, volume 45: Draping the Middle Ages

Sumru Krody's picture
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Islamic History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Dear Colleagues,


The Textile Museum at The George Washington University is excited to announce the publication of volume 45 of The Textile Museum Journal.


Titled Draping the Middle Ages and guest edited by Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of Medieval and Islamic Art History at Pomona College, The Textile Museum Journal 45 focuses on the mobile nature of textile patterns in the East and West during the Middle Ages and investigates the question of cultural specificity in the use of textile imitations in a range of media. As coveted objects of trade and diplomatic gift exchange, textiles were widely distributed using the cross-cultural networks between Byzantium, the Islamic world, and East Asia. Within this broader world of medieval textile exchange, the notion of textile patterns that are adapted in architecture, ceramics, metalwork, and manuscripts stand at the center of the four articles in this volume:

  • Draping, Wrapping, Hanging: Transposing Textile Materiality in the Middle Ages by Patricia Blessing, Pomona College
  • Painted Silks: Form and Production of Women’s Court Dress in the Mongol Empire by Eiren L. Shea; Grinnell College
  • Gems in Cloth and Stone: Medium, Materiality, and the Late Antique Jeweled Aesthetic by Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, Dumbarton Oaks Museum
  • Put a Bird on it: What an Aviary Preoccupation Reveals about Medieval Silks by Meredyth Lynn Winter, Harvard University


For subscription to the The Textile Museum Journal 45 and access to earlier issues, please visit For submissions, more information, or questions, please check or contact The Textile Museum Journal editorial team at


We very much hope that you will enjoy reading our new volume.


Sumru Bleger Krody

Senior Curator, George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Editor-in-Chief, The Textile Museum Journal

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