Highlights of “Weaving Splendor: Textile Treasures of Asia” in the Nelson-Atkins Museum

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Textile Museum Associates of Southern California

“Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

For the first time in decades, rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish clothing and textiles from the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are assembled for an extraordinary exhibition. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and superb artistry, Asian luxury textiles were prized domestically and were central to global trade. Sturdy wall hangings and furniture covers transformed palaces, temples, and homes, while shimmering tapestry-woven carpets were created as diplomatic gifts for foreign rulers. Sumptuous costumes of the court performed power, while striking theater robes brought stage characters to life. Artists borrowed techniques from near and far to appeal to the latest fashions in the developing global market. Covering the highlights of the exhibition from the 1500s to today, this talk will include two outstanding and historically important classical Persian carpets; velvet tent hunting fragments and some Kashmir shawls and hangings; several Chinese court robes and interior furnishings; and Japanese theatre robes and Meiji-era tapestries.

             Ling-en Lu, Ph.D., Curator of East Asian Art
             Kimberly Masteller, Ph.D., 
            Jeanne McCray Beals Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art 
            Yayoi Shinoda is the Assistant Curator of East Asian Art
            The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM 10 am Pacific Daylight Time / Saturday, October 30th, 2021

Admission is free

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