In September, 1971, the ROM opened the landmark exhibition Keep Me Warm One Night, a kaleidoscopic display of over 500 pieces of Canadian handweaving. It was the culmination of decades of pioneering research and collecting by the ROM curatorial powerhouse duo 'Burnham and Burnham’, aka Dorothy K. Burnham and Harold B. Burnham.
To kick off the one-year count down to the ROM’s conference, Cloth Cultures (November 10-12, 2017), which will commemorate Dorothy Burnham’s many legacies, and to mark Canada’s approaching 2017 Sesquicentennial, we will be posting bi-weekly excerpts from Dorothy’s journal of Keep Me Warm One Night. We hope you will enjoy this unofficial glimpse into the bygone days of the ROM, and into the pioneering days of textile studies.
Two frames on the wall to the right of the overshots showed part of our oldest coverlet of that type & the main label explaining the technique.
Two frames on the walls to either side of the back stairs held a selection of the old drafts with explanations.
Blankets and winter sheets of many types.
The bedroom was very colourful with flowered yellow wall paper, red curtains in two different overshot patterns, a blue bed spread & red & green carpetting.
From R.O.M's Preview for October