The Textile Gallery features changing exhibitions of Andean and Byzantine textiles. Garments, hangings, and other light-sensitive objects illustrate weaving styles, iconographic elements, and the use and function of cloth in early societies. The Gallery's floor bears a Byzantine mosaic with scenes in which hunters actively engage with a boar and tigress on a field strewn with florets.
Objects currently on display in the Textile Gallery are part of Dumbarton Oaks’s permanent collection.
Now on View
Clothing for the Afterlife: Textiles from the Pre-Columbian Collection
October 9, 2015–April 3, 2016, in the Textile Gallery
Textiles, more than gold and precious stones, marked a person’s social status in the ancient Andes. The sumptuous attire of the ancient Andes offers a glimpse into the cultures’ elite lifestyles and their perceptions of the afterlife.