Join artist Monya Nikahd to learn more about the techniques and processes used to create the textiles in Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

About Monya Nikahd


Monya Nikahd is an artist and weaver from Nashville, Tennessee, currently residing in St. Louis, Missouri. She learned to weave at the Appalachian Center for Craft, where she received her bachelor of fine arts degree in fibers from Tennessee Technological University in 2020.

Her awards include the 2021 Windgate Lamar Fellowship from Center for Craft in North Carolina and a merit award in Best of Craft at the Tennessee State Museum. She has attended artist residencies at Praxis Fiber Workshop in Ohio and the Core Residency at Millay Arts in New York. Her work has been featured in Number Magazine and Techspressionism.

She currently teaches weaving at Craft Alliance in St. Louis.

The loom, an ancient ancestor to the computer, attests to the progression of humankind. As a handweaver, I am intentionally focusing on the perennial lifetime of hand weaving while reimagining the process as a modern-day tool. As I weave intuitively, my intent is to reprogram preconceived notions of the craft itself into relevance in our digital society.

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