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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.

Nos salles ne nous permettent hélas d’exposer qu’un tout un petit pourcentage de notre collection à la fois. Cependant, notre collection en ligne vous donne accès à plus de 15 000 objets provenant de plus de 200 régions du monde, et ce 24 heures par jour. Découvrez quelques-unes de nos pièces textiles préférées grâce aux sélections ci-dessous ou suivez le fil de vos idées grâce à notre système de recherche par mots-clés et par filtres.

Bed Cover

For hundreds of years, silk was transported along the Silk Road from China to the Mediterranean through Central Asia. Initially, the people of Central Asia were involved in the shipments of silk; later, indigenous silk production developed, and by the 19th century, silk farming was widespread and practiced by most non-nomadic households. This luxury silk bed cover is constructed of several panels of silk ikat fabric, quilted and lined with printed cotton. Such silks were often used as a decorative coverlet for the wedding night or as a coverlet for hot summer nights in well-to-do families. Other silk ikat fabrics were used as hangings to cover mud walls, as curtains for doorways and as tent walls for festive outdoor gatherings.

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