Biennial Symposium: Textiles and Politics

Throughout human history and across the globe, whether as intimate artifacts of interpersonal relations or state-level monumental works, textiles have been imbued with political importance. Textiles can communicate and construct status, ethnicity, gender, power, taste, and wealth, and have functioned at the nexus of artistic, economic, and political achievement in human culture. As trade goods, creative medium, and social artifact, textiles have been instrumental in generating, supporting, and challenging political power. The Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium, befittingly held in Washington, DC during the presidential election this fall will explore the crossroads of Textiles & Politics.

Textiles & Politics will include over 200 presentations on all aspects of textiles, including juried papers, films, and artist demonstrations, as well as behind-the-scenes access to textile collections at DC-area museums through site seminars and tours, exciting hands-on workshops, and ample collegial time at evening receptions and events.

Please find the online registration form here.

Visit the symposium’s website for more inform

Related Articles

Leave a Comment

Monthly Archive


Available now: Punk Style by Worn Through founder, Monica Sklar, PhD. Find it at :, Powell's Books, or a bookseller near you.