Harvest Moon at Otsukimi event. Photo credit: LMorris.
The Japanese traditionally enjoy Otsukimi (moon-viewing) on the night of the full moon in autumn. Centuries ago, Otsukimi was introduced to Japan from China, though as it spread throughout the land it was modified to include native Japanese products. The Japanese typically make offerings to the moon of autumn fruits and vegetables, odango (rice dumplings) and susuki (Japanese pampas grass) to give thanks for the year’s harvest.
Approximately 125 people attended this year’s event, hosted by the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC and the Textile Museum earlier this month. Perfectly clear skies, comfortably cool temperatures, and an atmosphere of serene enjoyment were to be had in the Textile Museum’s lovely moonlit garden. Contributing to the ambience were calming traditional Japanese tunes of koto (Japanese stringed musical instruments), including an homage to the “round, round moon.” Continue reading
Has the rain got you down? Do you just want to curl up on the couch in your sweats and watch Mad Men reruns? Well don’t, because only boring people get bored. Tonight is your chance to show off your own mod style as the Textile Museum hosts its second “PM @ the TM” with a tribute to textile designs and fashion from the 50’s and 60’s. It will be complete and utter Mod Madness:
“Step into the museum’s garden for cool drinks, noshes and jazz by the Pete Muldoon Quartet. Escape the heat with gallery tours led by WE ARE SCIENCE and music by DJ Jahsonic in the exhibition Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain and enter to win prizes from area businesses and restaurants. Silk screen your own t-shirt or bag to take home with the Washington Printmakers Gallery and Kristina Bilonick. D.C.’s most fashionable will be on hand to nominate the “best mid-century dressed” so show us your best fedoras, swing skirts and mod shifts!”
Worried about getting your skinny tie wet? Don’t be, they’ve rented a giant tent. While all advanced tickets are sold out (i.e. lots of fun people will be there), tickets will be for sale at the door for $10 and includes two drink tickets for members, one drink ticket for non-members. Don’t be a square – be there.
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The Textile Museum once again is hosting another fantastic collaborative event.
Interwoven will host two evenings of “performance, film, and conversation” at The Textile Museum, July 23rd and July 24th.
On July 23rd, New York-based fashion collective, threeASFOUR will collaborate on an performance highlighting their “sculptural approach” to to textile design; while on July 24th, the program will feature the first American appearance by Copenhagen based duo Henrik Vibskov and Andreas Emenius — check out their website, they are truly incredible. Moreover, following each performance, author and artist, Sabrina Gschwandtner of KnitKnit magazine will moderate open discussions about the performances.
And while you are there, don’t forget to check out the current exhibition, “Art by the Yard: Woman Design Mid-Century Britain”!
Tickets are $20 per evening and can be purchased at interwovenarts.com.
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Free, free, free – music to my ears! This Saturday and Sunday, during the 27th annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk, the Textile Museum (check out Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-century Britain), the Anderson House, and the Phillips Collection will all be offering free admission.
The Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk is on Saturday, June 5th from 10 AM – 4 PM and on Sunday, June 6th from 1-5 PM.
For more information call 202-387-4062.
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Attention all Fashionistas! Tonight the Textile Museum will be hosting one of their renown talks called Issey Miyake‘s Design Principles. Miyake is a well-known Japanese fashion designer who is known for his technology-driven creations. Tonight’s lecture will be given by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum, a historian specializing in the “cloth and clothing of Ryukyu/Okinawa and mainland Japan”.
Just a lil’ fact for fun: The building which houses the Textile Museum was created by the famous-architect John Russell Pope in 1913.
The Textile Museum is located at 2320 S Street NW DC and tonight’s talk starts at 6 PM. Purchase tickets at 202.667.0441.