The Textile Museum Shop is the perfect place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Shoppers will find a colorful assortment of new ikat items to coincide with the exhibit Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (on view through March 13, 2011) as well as other unique gift ideas. The shop provides museum visitors with a convenient holiday shopping opportunity and shares special holiday discounts with museum members.
In conjunction with the museum’s newest exhibit, Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats, visitors will find a variety of related products for sale in the shop that showcase the colorful and dramatic designs created using the specialized ikat dyeing process. Available for purchase are vibrant ikat scarves, handbags, bracelets, men’s ties, books and many beautiful ikat apparel items, such as original Uzbek coats and jackets, hand-painted silk robes and modern printed cotton robes.
From December 3 – 5, the shop offers museum members a 25% discount on all merchandise during “The TM Member VIP Weekend.” This is one of the shop’s most popular annual events, and members may also apply the discount to online purchases made during the VIP Weekend.
Recently named one of the “5 Best Museum Shops” in Washington, D.C. by Frommers.com and one of the 10 “Best U.S. Museum Gift Shops” by Apartment Therapy, The Textile Museum Shop offers a colorful selection of scarves, jewelry, books, fine fabrics and other handmade goods for sale year-round. The shop is always bringing in new items from artists around the globe. There are Peruvian hats, handbags, and scarves made by weavers of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, embellished handbags from Afghanistan, and embroidered suzani textiles from Central Asia.
Proceeds from shop sales support the museum and allow it to continue its mission to expand public knowledge and appreciation – locally, nationally, and internationally – of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles.