Woven Words: Decoding the Silk Book

February 6–April 28, 2019, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Loading Events

Woven Words: Decoding the Silk Book highlights a little-known but magnificent rare book from the Walters’ collection—a 19th-century prayer book woven entirely from silk on a Jacquard loom. Visitors will discover a surprising and fascinating connection between the creation of the Silk Book and the computers that shape our modern world. Along with the Silk Book itself, the exhibition includes a group of handwritten books that contain trade secrets of the Jacquard loom. Tablets in the gallery will display the fully digitized Silk Book and a video that demonstrates how the Jacquard loom works.


February 6–April 28, 2019


10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Member Price



Exhibitions and Installations


Silk Book