Located in downtown Toronto, Canada, the Textile Museum of Canada is currently the only museum of its kind which aims to explore and develop a deeper understanding of culture and history through a textile medium. Visitors will experience an interactive collection of more than 13,000 artifacts spanning approximately 2,000 years of history and culture.



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History:

The Textile Museum of Canada presented its first collection of artifacts in 1975 in Mirvish Village, Toronto. After fourteen years of presenting its quickly-growing collection in the quaint Mirvish Village, the Museum moved to its permanent home on Centre Avenue in downtown Toronto. This 25,000-square foot facility has proven to be the perfect home for the now world-renowned textile museum.

Permanent Collections:

There are more than 13,000 pieces in the Museum’s collection that span approximately 2,000 years of history and culture from 200 regions of the world. The collection contains many diverse pieces including fabrics, garments, carpets, ceremonial cloths, quilts, and many more culturally significant artifacts. Visitors should book a group tour in order to experience everything that the Museum has to offer.

Current Exhibitions:

Huicholes – A People Walking Towards the Light: This exhibition features the artwork representative of the lives of the indigenous Mexican group – the Huicholes. The group has a history which dates back more than 15,000 years and the exhibition displays all kinds of artifacts, artwork, and ceremonial objects from this amazingly long and epic history. This exhibition is on display until September 4, 2017.

Kind Words Can Never Die: This exhibition features a large collection of needlework mottos from the mid-to-late 19th century – the Victorian era. These pieces were mass produced by women and girls during this time period and featured all kinds of biblical quotes, popular maxims, and even song titles. This tradition was common and came as a result of the religious and cultural influences of the Evangelical Protestants in North America. This exhibition is display until June 25, 2017.

Katherine Knight: Portraits and Collections: This exhibition features the work from an ongoing project which aims to document Jane Webster’s handcrafted textile collection that was extremely popular in Canada about 150 years ago. The artist has a close personal relationship with this collection. Knight spent most of her adult life surrounded by the influence of Jane Webster’s work and hopes to instill an appreciation for her work in the next generation. This exhibition is on display until June 25, 2017.

Marimekko, With Love: Marimekko is a cultural phenomenon which guides the quality of living. It was extremely popular in post-World War II everyday life. This exhibition features the influence that Marimekko had on shaping new aesthetics and way of living through design and fashion. This exhibition is on display until July 9, 2017 at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, Washington.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles: This exhibition features a display of more than 40 textiles and cultural garments from 19th and 20th century Japan. The pieces in this collection were used for everything from cultural ceremonies to everyday life. This exhibition will be on display from July 12, 2017 until January 21, 2018.

Programs:

Gallery Tour: This month’s gallery tour, The Life of a Collection, will be held on June 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm and will be led by curators Anna Richard and Sarah Quinton. It will feature a tour and discussion of the popular needlework mottos stitched by women and how their influence helped evolved these mottos.

Tapestry Series: This month’s tapestry series, Inside Out #2, will be held on June 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm and will be hosted by Trustees of the Museum – Kathryn Minard and Suzanne Davis. The evening will feature special artwork and architecture alongside some lovely wine and snacks. Guests will be able to tour the galleries and enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop deck as they overlook the breathtaking Toronto skyline.

Education:

The museum offers a large variety of specialized group tours, school visits, and teaching resources available to the surrounding Toronto area and visitors from all around the world. Group tours last approximately 1 hour and can accommodate a maximum of 50 people. The tours will include all permanent and temporary exhibitions and the docent of the group will aim to facility informal discussions.

Additional Information:

Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5, website, Phone: 416-599-5321

Back to: Toronto, Canada

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