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Textile Museum (Toronto)

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Strong artistic fibre

You can expect up to six exhibitions going on throughout the year in the three exhibition spaces of the Textile Museum. They're always intriguing, like the one on geotextiles I saw years ago, which taught me how fabrics are used in construction and agriculture, or the one on the molecular structure of fabrics. You can usually count on artistic installations involving fabrics in some way. Once, a dramatic organza curtain covered with thousands of real rose petals stunned me. Another time, the artist had pinned real bugs on the walls, to create a disturbing Victorian wallpaper effect. Anytime, there's the education gallery for interactive activities. This is the place where we first saw what a silkworm looks like and got to touch the silky cocoons. My daughter was enthralled by a large cage where she could rearrange colourful threads into an artful display. She had lots of fun playing with a wide choice of pre-cut patterns to make her own. There was a knitted zoo, hooked rugs and lace making trials, to name a few. Their gift store is filled with an original selection of art, books and textile-related kids' stuff.

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