Textile Museum of Canada - Digital Threads

Textiles in Everyday Life

Cloth’s innate fragility lends itself to recycling and reuse. Because it wears out, it demands ongoing maintenance: it needs to be patched, repaired, darned and reassembled. Some artists employ seemingly arbitrary materials that they find in their everyday environments: branches, plant stems, pieces of string and cast-off clothing. Others are collectors who seek out pieces of lace, plastic, literary quotes and used blankets with which to construct their art. In addition, there is yet another group of practitioners who study and perfect living craft traditions such as basket making, tapestry, embroidery, spinning and weaving with a time-honoured collective voice.

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