TORONTO: ALL THE WORLD IS HERE

This land has long been the meeting place of many cultures. Powerful symbols of identity and place, textiles hold strong spiritual and material connections to the land and people around the world. Traditions and world views are reflected in the things people make; the hats you see here are a small representation of everyday wear and special occasion attire. They are from the Textile Museum of Canada’s global collection of nearly 15,000 objects, including carpets, quilts, and many other forms of textile arts.

 

Can you find a hat made with coins? 

Hat

Indus Kohistan, Pakistan

c. 1950

Cotton, glass beads, coins, silk, plastic

From the Opekar / Webster Collection

 

With feathers?

Crown

Asmat

West Papua, Papua New Guinea

Mid 20th century

Bark, feathers, shells, plant fiber

Gift of Max Allen

 

Which hat is the oldest?

Hat

Egypt

400 – 900 CE

Linen, wool

Gift of Mrs. Herta Vodstrcil

 

Find a hat meant for a special occasion.

Festival hat

Tibet

2000 – 2005

Synthetic material

Gift of Tony Luppino

 

Find a hat made for a doll.

Doll hat

Anna McLeod Gilmor, 1875 - 1950

Ontario, Canada

1945 – 1950

Wool

Gift of Margaret A. Johnson


Can you find a hat that was made in Polynesia?

Hat

Samoa Islands, Polynesia

1960 – 1980

Plant fibre

Anonymous gift

 

In Afghanistan? 

Cap

Afghanistan

1970 – 2000

Cotton

Gift of Dr. Michael Pflug

 

Can you find a hat made with salmon skin?

Child’s hat

Wenfeng You

Heilongjiang Province, China
2006

Salmon skin

Textile Museum of Canada purchase

 

With bamboo?

Hat (Salakot)

Philippines

1850 – 1899

Bamboo, cotton, metal

Gift of Aris Slesers

 

Find a hat made for a child.

Child’s festival hat

Shanxi Province, China

1880 – 1950

Silk, gold leaf, cardboard, cotton thread

Gift of Fred Braida


Find a hat that keeps you dry.

Rain hat (mino-boshi)

Honshu Island, Japan

1930 - 1950

Rice straw, seaweed, tree bark

From the Opekar / Webster Collection

 

Can you find a hat that was made in Quebec?

Woman’s hat

Innu

Quebec, Canada

1890 – 1940

Wool, glass and plastic beads, buttons

Gift of Greta Ferguso

 

In Finland?

Hat

Finland

c. 1940

Wool, silk

Gift of Eila Fowler