The Master of Textiles

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The Most Influential Turkish-American Women #10 - Few people know more about late antique, Middle Eastern, and Islamic textiles than Sumru Belger Krody, senior curator of the Eastern Hemisphere Collections. Krody is Senior Curator of the Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The Textile Museum and the Managing Editor of The Textile Museum Journal.

She has curated many Textile Museum exhibitions, including most recently Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (2010) and Ahead of His Time: The Collecting Vision of George Hewitt Myers (2007). Currently she is working with The Textile Museum’s Research Associate and noted art historian Prof. Walter B. Denny of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst towards an Ottoman textile arts exhibition titled The Sultan’s Garden: the Blossoming of Ottoman Art which will open in September 2012.

She is the author of three books written to accompany her exhibitions: Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (2010), Harpies, Mermaids, and Tulips: Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region (2006) and Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery (2000). She is also the contributing author to The Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpet. Ms Krody has presented many lectures in public and scholarly forums and written many articles on textile arts, especially on Ottoman and Greek Island embroidery traditions, Central Asian ikats, and Oriental carpets.

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Krody earned a B.A. from Istanbul University and an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. While textiles are her specialty, Krody also enjoys sewing and working on arts and crafts projects with her daughter.
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