Friday, June 8, 2007

Textile Traditions of Canada

Canada has a rich textile tradition and appreciation of the fiber arts. Following are three exceptional sites that illustrate this:

Textile Museum of Canada – Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Tapestry: The Fabric of Cultural Diversity – a global exploration of indigenous textiles

The Quilt of Belonging – This is a project that was begun in 1998. In recognition that Canada was created from a "patchwork" of peoples from aboriginal to immigrants from all over the world, volunteers from every segment of the community created quilt blocks representing their heritage. The finished quilt is composed of 11-inch sqares representing 17 Aboriginal groups and 192 immigrant nationalities in Canada. It is 120 feet long by 10 1/2 feet high.

The rich, cultural legacies portrayed in the 263 blocks include all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world. A close-up view of each block is accessible as is a detailed description and a brief history of the tribe or nation it represents.

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