Wednesday, February 2, 2011


San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show
February 11-12, 2011.
Preview Opening: February 10, 6pm to 9pm.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco.

The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show (SFTTA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this February at the historic Fort Mason Center. Taking place February 11‐13, 2011, the SFTTA is considered the best tribal art event in the world. The show features an elite roster of the world’s most respected Tribal & Textile arts dealers and more than 15,000 museum‐quality art and antiques from the Oceanic Islands, the Middle East, Central, and South America, Africa, Polynesia, Indonesia and the remote tribes of Asia.

The SFTTA has consistently received outstanding reviews from reputable arts and cultures media, including Art & Antiques, Art + Auction, Antiques Roadshow, and the San Francisco Chronicle which in 2010 stated that, ‘for those taken with the finest examples of antique ceramics, sculpture, fabric, paintings and jewelry, the SFTTA Show is the place to be.” Both seasoned and novice art collectors have been drawn to the Tribal & Textile Show to find pieces they love, and / or develop art investment collections.

The very nature of the Tribal & Textile buying world almost ensures that the pieces increase in value through time because authentic pieces are in such short supply. An ever‐growing demand for what is becoming a ‘disappearing art’ has created a demand for particular pieces and collections. Yet, many pieces are still quite affordable for the new collector. As the modern world becomes smaller, fewer and fewer people living within tribal communities are continuing their traditional art forms. The SFTTA Show is a nexus point where these disappearing arts can converge with the public.

The 2011 Show will feature a special exhibit of Batik textiles from Indonesia. Curated by Rudolf G. Smend of Germany, Donald J. Harper, Java and Vietnam, and titled, Batik – An Enduring Heritage, the exhibit will be on view and for purchase throughout the show. All pieces on display were woven using the traditional wax‐resist dyeing technique.

The Show opens with a preview gala on Thursday, Feb. 10,2011 from 6:00pm‐9:00pm to benefit the galleries for Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and the Textiles galleries in the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The gala offers a ‘first look’ at the batik textile exhibit as well as the thousands of art and antiques on display.

General admission for the Tribal & Textile Show is $15 per person. To purchase tickets for the Opening Night benefit, please call 415‐750‐7656 or email: The Opening Night benefit takes place Thursday, Feb. 10,6:00pm‐9:00pm. This event is open to the public on Friday Feb. 11, 11:00am‐7:00pm, Saturday February 12, 11:00am‐7:00pm and Sunday Feb. 13, 11:00am‐5:00pm. There will be no admittance on Sunday after 4:30pm.

For more information, please call (310) 455‐2886, or go to website: