“Stitches: Our Textile Traditions”, is the latest exhibit in the Trillium Gallery, located in the Spriet Family Visitor Centre here at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. The purpose of this special exhibit is to explore and present the rich tapestry of textile arts that exist in our community. Beautiful pieces loaned from local individuals are showcased alongside selections from the Fanshawe Pioneer Village permanent collection to demonstrate the richness and diversity of textile arts across history and cultures. Take, for instance, the three crocheted doilies in the photo below. From Ethiopia, Portugal and early 20th century London, all pieces employ the same technique and star pattern.
The items displayed below also illustrate how textile themes and motifs carry across history and cultures. These three crocheted decorative coverings all feature flower motifs. Two from the Fanshawe Pioneer Village Collection (lower left) include daisy-like embellishments, while the one made in Bhutan (rear left), depicts a flower resembling a rhododendron, of which the country has over 46 species. The two “Good Luck” textile pieces demonstrate how sentiments and traditions carry over time and space. The decorative stitched vase ( rear right), was a parting gift for Mangali Gurung from her daughter when she left Bhutan for her new home in Canada three years ago.