This exhibition presents rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish textiles drawn from the renowned collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and stunning artistry, Asian luxury textiles have been integral to global trade for centuries. 

The exhibition traces the history of these works of art and the people who owned them and carried them across the world. Luxurious costumes of the court performed power. Striking theater robes brought stage characters to life. Sturdy wall hangings and furniture covers transformed palaces, temples, and homes. Shimmering tapestry-woven carpets were created as diplomatic gifts for foreign rulers. Artists borrowed techniques from near and far to appeal to the latest fashions in the developing global market. The extraordinary stories of these textile treasures take visitors on a journey across continents, from the fifteenth century to today.


Exhibition introduction and gallery descriptions



Organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri


Platinum sponsor

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Hospitality sponsor

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Spanish translation sponsor

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Supported in part by

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Supported in part by

Judy and Joe Barker

Artist demonstrations supported in part by

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Exhibition gallery

Events and programs

Lectures + Gallery Talks
Thursday, October 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Curators’ Perspectives: Textile Treasures from Asia in Weaving Splendor

Art Demo
Saturday, October 8, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: M Kelley

Tours
Thursday, October 13, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Weaving Splendor

Art Demo
Saturday, October 15, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: Maki Aizawa with Tsuyo Onodera

Workshops
Sunday, October 16, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Adult ARTlab: Boro mending

Educator Program
Thursday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Weaving Splendor Educator Workshop

Tours
Thursday, October 20, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Weaving Splendor

EVENT
Thursday, October 20, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Guided Meditation in Weaving Splendor

Educator Program
Saturday, October 22, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Weaving Splendor Educator Workshop

Art Demo
Saturday, October 22, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: Vickie Vipperman

Art Demo
Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: Rima Day

EVENT
Thursday, November 3, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Guided Meditation in Weaving Splendor

Art Demo
Saturday, November 5, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: David Heustess

Art Demo
Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: M Kelley

Art Demo
Saturday, November 19, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: Vickie Vipperman

EVENT
Thursday, December 1, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Guided Meditation in Weaving Splendor

Art Demo
Saturday, December 3, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Artist Demonstration: Rima Day

Workshops
Saturday, December 3, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Persian Cooking Demonstration and Tasting

Workshops
Friday, December 9, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

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