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mid to late 20th century,
Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Western Afghanistan


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Fast Facts


The Textile Museum of Canada was founded in 1975 by textile enthusiasts and collectors Max Allen and Simon Waegemaekers.


The collection consists of more than 13,000 pieces including fabrics, ceremonial cloths, garments, carpets, quilts and related artifacts from over 200 countries and regions. To find out more visit the Collection section.


The Museum offers a broad variety of exhibitions including themed shows based on our permanent collection and contemporary exhibitions of the work of Canadian and international artists. To find out more visit the Exhibitions section.


Creating meaningful childhood education and life-long learning experiences is an important part of the TMC's role and responsibility in the community. Key to the TMC's education programming are school programs, public tours, hands-on demonstrations, lectures, workshops, music and dance performances and round-table discussions. To find out more visit the Events section.

Online Presence

Each year the Textile Museum of Canada welcomes a growing audience of approximately 30,000 visitors with an additional 450,000 Web visits.

Since 2001, the Museum has made significant investments into online programming, artifact digitization and new media technologies. The Museum engages a global audience through its new media applications; it also supports research and promotes access through its online digital collection.  Significant online programming began with Cloth & Clay: Communicating Culture, followed by Canadian Tapestry: The Fabric of Cultural Diversity, Digital Threads, In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture + Art and Social Fabric. TXTilecity is an an interactive website and mobile app that brings Toronto to life in stories and memories that show the significant role textiles have played in shaping the city ’s urban landscape.

Museum Shop

The Museum Shop features one-of-a-kind home décor items, handmade scarves, unique gifts and resource books as well as collectable textiles, carpets, clothing and other related items from around the world. To find out more visit the Museum Shop section.


The Museum is a not-for-profit educational organization operating for the benefit of the public. It is supported through the generosity of its members, donors, foundations, corporations and government agencies. To find out more visit the Join/Support section.


The TMC has won several awards for its exhibitions and online programming, including "Exhibition of the Year" at the 2006 Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards for A Terrible Beauty.  To find out more visit the Awards section.

Reference Collection

The H.N. Pullar Library has a well-respected reference collection of books, exhibition catalogues, journals and videos focused on the subject of non-industrial textiles. To find out more visit the Library section.

Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan, installation view.  Photo: Jill KitchenerBetween the Sea and the Desert, installation view.  Photo: Jill KitchenerColour & Light, installation view.  Photo: Jill Kitchener