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Celebration of Textiles pays tribute to quilting
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May '09
The Textile Museum will hold its 31st annual Celebration of Textiles on Saturday, June 6, 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday, June 7, 1 – 5 pm. This free festival for all ages invites visitors to explore the textile arts and cultures of the world through hands-on activities and artist demonstrations in the Museum's gardens, historic buildings and current exhibitions.

This year Celebration of Textiles pays tribute to quilting, a deeply rooted American tradition. Quilts in the United States have come a long way in terms of materials, function, aesthetic and patterns. In colonial times, quilting might have been used to extend the life of old blankets and demonstrate skill in sewing and patterning.

Handmade quilts today not only ward off chilly nights, but tell stories, adorn various interiors, express evolving aesthetics and provide a sense of heritage and community. This year's 31st annual Celebration of Textiles festival, A Tribute to the American Quilt, honors this unique tradition through quilting demonstrations, musical performances, interactive activities, and more.

Activities and Live Performance
Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to experience weaving, knitting, rug restoration, dyeing and much more through hands-on activities with the Baltimore Embroiderer's Guild, the Chesapeake Region Lace Guild, the Needlechasers of Chevy Chase, and the Woodmont Weavers.

On both days, attendees can try their hand at woodblock printing, basket weaving and the creation of paper quilt blocks. Celebration of Textiles also features live sheep shearing demonstrations that will take place on both Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting).

On Saturday, The Knuckle Dusters will offer a live performance of old-time jazz.

Award Ceremony
On Saturday, from 12:30 to 1 pm, a ceremony will be held recognizing the students participating in this year's Museum-School partnership. Through this program, the Museum educates students about textiles and the cultures that produce them, and works with students in the creation and display of their own textile artwork. Their creations will be unveiled on June 6 and will remain on view at The Textile Museum through the month.

Current Exhibitions
Visitors can explore one of the most unique and beloved of American art forms with the exhibition Constructed Color: Amish Quilts, on view April 4 through September 6, 2009. Also on view is an exhibition featuring new additions to the Textile Museum's trove of treasures, Recent Acquisitions, on view now through January 3, 2010.

The 19 diverse objects featured in the exhibition, including clothing, bags, rugs and furnishing fabrics drawn from several continents, were selected to represent the breadth of the museum's collection, which spans centuries and cultures.

More About Celebration of Textiles
This festival started with the goal of inviting people to come in casually and learn about the techniques and cultures represented in the Museum's exhibitions, drawing in new audiences and offering an opportunity for people of all ages to explore the wonder and variety of textile art.

While The Textile Museum now provides a variety of opportunities for children to learn about textiles year-round through school programs and the hands-on Activity Gallery of The Textile Learning Center, the spirit of Celebration of Textiles has remained constant. It aims to build a greater appreciation of the textile arts through intergenerational activities that can be enjoyed by children, parents, grandparents and friends alike.

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