ROM Textiles & Fashions

From prehistory through to the present day, textile production has been a fundamental part of human existence. ROM Textiles & Fashions presents the rich heritage of textiles and fashion from around the world, drawing on the ROM’s collection of 50,000 fragile and sensitive objects and our extensive curatorial expertise. Rotating exhibits of weaving, needlework, printed and archaeological textiles, and silks related stories that interweave cultures and societies and record intimate histories, politics and ingenious innovation.

ROM Textiles & Fashions explores the fascinating world of global textiles and fashions.

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Category: Blog Post
"It looks rather hopeless but it worked."

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.

Category: Event
ROM Daytime

In the year 1600, the Gulf of Cambay in Western India supplied the world with cloth. Discover how four hundred years later, despite centuries of competition with industrial products, textile artists in the region continue to create and amaze with their incredible craft.

Category: Blog Post
Portfolio cover of Sports et divertissements

Toronto based researcher, illustrator and textile artist, Ketzia Sherman, discusses

the ROM Library & Archives' recent acquisition of a rare copy of Sports et divertissements, a musical score by Erik Satie with pochoir illustrations by Charles Martin, hand-coloured by Jules Saudé (Paris: Publications Lucien Vogel, [1923]).