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Curating Handmade



Curating Handmade: Textiles from South Asia, Past and Present

Presented by Cristin McKnight Sethi Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10 am PST

Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.

Zoom registration link will be sent to all TAC members. Register in Eventbrite (non-Member)


Cristin McKnight Sethi will discuss the new exhibition Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia on view at the George Washington University Museum / The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibition brings together several historical objects from South Asia in The Textile Museum Collection alongside contemporary textiles made by artisans and cooperatives working in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. To learn more about the exhibition and related programming please visit


Cristin McKnight Sethi is an assistant professor of Art History at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University (GW). She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley (2015) and a Master’s in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin (2008). Her research and teaching interests focus on South Asia and include the study of textiles and folk art, the intersection of gender and practices of making, networks of circulation and exchange, and histories of colonialism and British imperialism. Prior to joining the faculty at GW, Cristin taught at the California College of the Arts and at Colorado College and held curatorial and research positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Fowler Museum, the Asian Art Museum San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Cristin’s current book project examines gender, labor, and hand embroidery in Punjab during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Image Credits: 1. Mordant painted and printed textiles on view in Handmade Creating Textiles in South Asia, Photo by Lori Kartchner. 2. Embroidered phulkari textiles on view in Handmade Creating Textiles in South Asia, Photo by Lori Kartchner.


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