Sumru Belger Krody, Senior Curator at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, will lead an exclusive tour of the newly-opened exhibit “Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt” for members of the Foggy Bottom West End Village.
In the early medieval era, the eastern Mediterranean’s palaces, villas, and churches and mosques were richly decorated with hangings, curtains, and other luxury fabrics. Bringing together rarely displayed artworks from the fourth to the tenth centuries, this exhibition reveals how textiles infused warmth and beauty into Egypt’s interior spaces.
The exhibition has an exceptional pedigree. It is organized jointly by the Textile Museum and Dumbarton Oaks and includes loans from the MET as well as the art museums of Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Cleveland. The exhibition presents 45 textiles whose striking iconography reflects an area of great change (300-900 CE) as the eastern Mediterranean transitioned from pagan beliefs to Christianity and Islam. Despite their antiquity, the colors are still rich, and the workmanship is amazing.
We are very fortunate to have the Senior Curator, Sumru Belger Krody, leading the tour of this exhibit for the Village. Born in Izmir, Turkey, she received her B.A. and her M.A. in Classical Archaeology from Istanbul University and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia respectively. Over the years she has presented many lectures in public and scholarly forums and written many articles on textile arts and curated numerous Textile Museum exhibitions and authored and co-authored books.
Cost: This program is free. (The Village is underwriting the cost of admission.)
Accessibility: The Textile Museum is completely accessible.
Registration is required. We can accommodate 20 Villagers on this tour so register ASAP!