CLOTH AND CULTURE

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Some kids today are obsessed with fashion, so if you have a child who refuses to wear anything too matchy-matchy and curls up next to you when Project Runway is on, plan a family outing to the Textile Museum of Canada. At this fascinating museum dedicated to connecting cloth, culture, and art, their dreams of becoming famous designers can take flight. Get a solid foundation with a stroll through textile history, gazing at items like a plain-woven Nazca head cloth from 1st Century Peru and a colorful jhuladi jacket from India dating to the 1960s. Then take in one of the rotating exhibits like “From Geisha to Diva: the Kimonos of Ichimaru,” a collection of kimonos and personal items of the most famous geisha of all time. If you’re like most visitors, you’ve been stifling the urge to touch all these fabulous garments you see, so reward your restraint with a visit to Fibrespace, an interactive display which allows children and adults to “touch, handle, and explore” a number of different fabrics and even take a turn at a weaving loom. Not surprisingly, the Textile Museum’s gift shop is a major draw, selling handcrafted gifts by Canadian and international artisans. Whether you pick up a floral print scarf, silk tie, or work of textile art, you’ll always have something to remind you of this special–and stylish–family day.

Textile Museum of Canada

55 Centre Ave Toronto ON M5G 2H5

(416) 599-5321

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