Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road

December 16, 2017 to December 9, 2018 | Level 3
Blue Five-Clawed Dragon Robe, late 19th century, silk, metal-wrapped yarn, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift in honor of Joe B. Blakey, 1981.6Coat (chapan), early 20th century, silk and cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Sally R. and William C. Estes, 2005.70Commemorative Hanging, mid 19th century, silk, metal wrapped yarns, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift in honor of Joe B. Blakey, 1982.78Fireman's Coat, n.d.,T43651Quilt (kantha): tree of life, c. 1910–1920, cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Alta Brenner in memory of her daughter Andrea Bernice Brenner-McMullen, 1996.177Sleeved garment, 1930–1950, cotton, silk, satin, Dallas Museum of Art, lent by Carolyn Williams Marks, Harriet Williams Peavy, and Suzanne Williams Nash, 18.2011.18

Drawn from the DMA’s collection, this exhibition showcases fine examples of garments and ornamental hangings. The works on view come from India, Central Asia, China, and Japan, with some objects featuring colored ink paintings on textile backgrounds. The garments range from a Japanese fireman’s coat to an Indian sari and a Chinese dragon robe. Asian Textiles highlights the passage of luxury goods along the Silk Road between eastern Asia, India, and places like Uzbekistan. This historical trade route led to an interchange of arts and crafts from the Mediterranean to India and the Far East. 

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.