Tablet weaving is one of the oldest significant textile traditions. Its
practice spans centuries, continents and cultures. Tablet woven bands explore
the intersection of cultural memory, ritual practice, and technical skill
passed from generation to generation.
In 2017, Sarah B. Sherrill donated an important collection of textiles, field
material, and weaving/spinning tools to the Textile Museum. Ms. Sherrill
conducted field research from 1974-1976 among the semi-nomadic and village
tribal confederations of western Iran. As professor at the Bard Graduate
Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Ms. Sherrill was uniquely suited
to document what she called "The Twilight of a Tradition."
Migration is the bedrock of Bakhtiari cultural identity. The study of the
Textile Museum's only Bakhtiari Mal Band is, therefore, significant in
increasing our understanding of this tribal confederation's political and