Lectures and Events

January through November, TAC sponsors monthly programs. Most programs are illustrated lectures by recognized experts in their fields or by working textile artists.

Hands-on workshops in the textile arts are sometimes given in conjunction with a TAC lecture. These workshops provide an opportunity for participants to experience the process of creating or embellishing textiles while working with experts in the textile field. Workshops are limited to a small number of participants.

Lectures are held in the Koret Auditorium of the de Young Museum or the Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor.

Admission to our programs is FREE for Textile Arts Council Members, $10 General Admission, $5 Students and FAMSF members. Museum admission fee applies when lectures are held at the Legion of Honor.

2016 Lectures & Events


Edric Ong Weave and Stitch to Sape Music, Celebrating Ikat and Embroidery
With Asif Shaikh and Edric Ong

Saturday, July 2, 2016, 10 a.m.

Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: $5 for TAC Members, Students and FAMSF Members
$10 General Admission

Revival and Promotion of Indian Hand Embroidery
Asif Shaikh’s (Ahmedabad) lifelong mission is to save Indian crafts from fading into oblivion. He advances the art of embroidery and propels it to another level of craftsmanship and beauty. In the past two decades, he has revamped tools and techniques, developed new stitches & introduced miniature styles, blended traditional and contemporary designs & colors, supported & trained local artisans, & promoted education and appreciation for the art nationally and internationally. In 2008, the Victoria & Albert Museum, asked Asif to revive their Mughal embroidery pieces. Asif specializes in the 18th century aari embroidery that was produced by the royal courts. He was also asked by UNESCO Parzor in India to revive their parsi gara embroidery.

World Ikat Textiles . . . ties that bind
Edric Ong (Sarawak) is internationally known as a designer, textile artist, author, curator of exhibitions, and especially for his championing of natural dyes and materials, His life’s work is to help keep craft traditions alive. He is Senior VP of the Asia Pacific Region of the World Craft Council and works with World Crafts Council-UNESCO on the Award of Excellence for Handicrafts program. He was the Malaysian designer of the Year in 2009, won the Aid to Artisans Advocate Award in 2005. He was recently awarded the Mercedes Benz/STYLO Global Fashion Influence Award 2016 at the Asian Fashion Festival.

Join TAC and our guests  for a Trunk show and Artisan demonstrations on Sunday, July 3rd at Krimsa Fine Rugs from 12 -5 pm
2190 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123



Kitsch to Art Moderne: Meisen Kimono in the First Half of Twentieth Century Japan 

With Yoshiko Wada
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 10 a.m.
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission: Free for current members of the Textile Arts Council
$5 for students and members of the FAMSF, $10 General Admission

When Japan opened its doors to the West during the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the former feudal society experienced an influx of foreign culture. The resulting industrial revolution stimulated the textile industry and created a border consumer market including “commoners” who were once restricted from wearing silk or colorful kimonos. This new market created a sudden blossoming of popular designs for kimono, haori, winter baby wraps, and futon. Popularly called “meisen,” these fabrics and products were produced in great quantities across Japan during the first part of the twentieth century.

Meisen generally indicates silk cloth patterned by printing or ikat resist dyeing its warp or weft. These relatively inexpensive and visually dazzling textiles gained special popularity among lower and middle class women. The designs reflected consumer taste, fashion trends, and social phenomena.
A strong public interest in things Western and exotic, considered “modern” or “mod,” resulted in a visible popular aesthetic that set meisen textiles apart. Despite popularity, after World War II meisen production virtually disappeared due to a rapid decline in demand for inexpensive kimono which were replaced by Western clothing.

The contrast between meisen and other Japanese traditional textiles continues to puzzle contemporary viewers in Japan and abroad. By examining meisen designs we can gain perspective on the social and cultural background, consumer psychology, and technical information surrounding Japanese textile production in the early twentieth century.

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. Yoshiko is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios. She has co-chaired all nine International Shibori Symposium (ISS) as well as upcoming 10thISS in Oaxaca, Mexico. She conducted textile research globally including in Japan, India, and USA funded by the Japan Foundation, Indo-US Sub-commission for Education




October 9th, 2016 10a.m.-4p.m.
Moriarty Hall, St. Anne of the Sunset Church
1300 Funston (at Judah), San Francisco, 94122

Our annual Textile Bazaar is a truly unique event, hosting a vendor mix that offers a wide range of textiles, jewelry, and home accessories from around the world and from the creative community within the Bay Area. Save the date, October 9, and join us once again for a very special Textile Arts Council event.

There are currently a few vendor tables still available. Please contact Shirley.juster@gmail.com  for details.