What was the meaning of silk and gold in 19th century China? If you created your own mola, what would it look like? What is the most memorable souvenir you own? These are just a few of the discussions going on at Social Fabric, an online environment where visitors to the Textile Museum of Canada’s virtual and physical spaces can share stories, knowledge and questions related to textiles.
Lively discussions are taking place within the categories of Soft/Light, Silky/Shiny, Coarse/Woolly/ Bright/Noisy and Aromatic/Heavy. Anyone can use Social Fabric: Upload your photos, videos, audio recordings and text.
The Textile Museum is encouraging TMC Volunteers and all textile lovers to visit the Social Fabric website. Share your knowledge of textiles and personal experiences. Volunteers can also help choose new objects from the collection to include in Social Fabric.
Here are just a few of the beautiful pieces people are talking about. Click on the images to learn more at the Textile Museum of Canada’s Social Fabric website.
Crazy Quilt Tennessee 1871: Eleanor stitched this eclectic quilt on a horse farm in Tennessee for her cousin in 1871, according to an inscription on the back. Did making crazy quilts allow for more individual expression than other types of quilts?
Jacket, Corfu Greece, 1880-1980: Short, fitted jackets were fashionable for men and women in 19th century Greece. Embroidering with metal thread is a long tradition in Greece that was profoundly influenced by centuries of Ottoman rule. What in your wardrobe would you pair with this jacket?
Dance Accessory, Zambia, 1990-1990: This heavy sash is made from bamboo and bottle caps that include Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta Orange and Castle Beer. When a dancer moves, the sash rattles and clatters, producing percussive sounds like a musical instrument. What types of dance would someone wear this garment for?
Cloud Collar; China 1800-1899: The name “cloud collar” comes from the shape of this collar’s lobes, or petals, which are often layered. Women wore these collars over robes for special occasions. What are the symbolic images embroidered on this collar and what do they mean?
Afghanistan Boots c 1970: These boots were made by the Uzbek people in northern Afghanistan. The method in which they are crafted stems from the long Central-Asian tradition of making silk-embroidered leather footwear, horse covers and bags. How do these boots contrast with how Afghanistan is portrayed in the media?
Food Cover; Himachal Pradesh, India; 1900 – 1920: On special occasions, Indians use ceremonial cloths, or rumal, to cover elaborate metal serving dishes. What kind of food would this rumal cover?
Strand News is the online meeting place for members of the Volunteer Association of the Textile Museum of Canada. Our annual fundraisers, including the Textile Bazaar, support Museum programs and exhibitions.