Two Exhibitions on Egyptian Textiles in DC - Textile Museum and Dumbarton Oaks, August 31–January 5

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Submitted by Betsy Williams


Dear colleagues,


I write to let you know that we are opening two shows on Egyptian textiles this fall in DC. Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt (August 31, 2019–January 5, 2020) presents hangings, coverings, and other textiles used as interior decor. The exhibition will be held at the Textile Museum, and includes loans from about a half-dozen US institutions. A full range of programming, including a scholarly colloquium, can be found on the Textile Museum's website: There will be a print catalogue accompanying the exhibition.


At the same time, Dumbarton Oaks is opening an exhibition on dress from these same periods.Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion (September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020) presents Egyptian textiles drawn from the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection. The exhibition also celebrates the publication of a digital catalogue of our textiles, which will appear on the Dumbarton Oaks website to coincide with the exhibition. Programming includes a Study Day for graduate students and a series of Saturday gallery talks. More information will be posted here:


Many of the textiles in the shows are rarely on display (and some indeed have never been on view), so we are excited for the opportunity to share them with you. We look forward to welcoming you in DC this fall!





Elizabeth Dospel Williams

Assistant Curator, Byzantine Collection

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection