Featuring theatrical and political costumes as well as architectural and decorative textiles from diverse areas of Asia—Dramatic Threads: Textiles of Asia will showcase works that display a wide range of techniques.

Different embroidery stitches may be read like a signature to unveil where they were made. Woven textiles reflect diverse making methods ranging from virtuoso brocades and slit tapestry to twill and plain weaves. The materials—gold, silk, wool, cotton—reveal regional access to resources, whether local production or luxury imports. Cultural preferences for specific colors palates, designs, and imagery intertwine with these resources and underscore distinct regional histories.

Krishna and Gopis Dancing with Ganesh, Rats and Radishes Chambal Rumal Embroidery Himachel Pradesh, India, late 19th or early 20th century. H 28.5” x w 29.5”. Silk floss on cotton. Gift of Dr. Richard J. Nalin, 1988 | 88.546

Paradise Flycatcher Couple on Flowering Branch with Rocks China, Qing Dynasty (1644‑1911) Silk and gold slit tapestry (kesi) weave. Gift of Herman A. E. Jaehne and Paul C. Jaehne, 1941 | 41.973 H 89” x 26”

Koshimaki Kosode Embroidered with Pine, Bamboo, Plum, and Tortoiseshell Motifs. Japan, Edo Period (1615‑1868). H 65” x W 49”. Silk floss embroidered on nerinuki silk. Gift of Herman A. E. Jaehne and Paul C. Jaehne, 1941 | 41.1336