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The Textile Museum of Canada’s collection consists of more than 15,000 objects including a salmon skin suit from China; 2,000 year old Nazca fragments from Peru; and a hooked rug by artist Florence Ryder (Standing Buffalo Reserve, Saskatchewan) that incorporates traditional Sioux designs.
While only a small percentage of our collection can be displayed in our galleries at once, our online collection allows you to access all 15,000+ objects from over 200 regions of the world, 24 hours a day! Explore some of our favourite textiles in the curated groups below or follow your own interests by searching or filtering the collection. Add your finds to ‘Today’s Favourites’ to create a group that you can download or share.
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La collection du Textile Museum of Canada comprend plus de 15 000 objets, dont une veste chinoise en peau de saumon, des fragments textiles datant de 2 000 ans et tissés par les Nazcas du Pérou et un tapis au crochet de l’artiste Florence Ryder (réserve de Standing Buffalo, Saskatchewan) qui intègre des motifs traditionnels sioux.
Muslim village women traditionally made bagh shawls for family use. In the late 19th century, however, many bagh were commissioned by wealthy urban households, turning the bagh into a commodity. The making of bagh stopped shortly after Partition in 1947, but recent efforts have revived the tradition. Bagh (meaning “garden”) were for special occasions and are characterized by embroidery densely covering the cloth. Another characteristic of bagh is the manipulation of stitch direction to exploit the light reflective qualities of the silk floss to create a three-dimensional effect. Yet the embroidery was worked from the reverse; the front not seen until the piece was finished.