Born of the Indian Ocean: The Silks of Madagascar | Level 3

May 2, 2013 to November 2, 2014

Open until November 2, 2014

Exploring the ROM’s unique collection of Textiles from Madagascar

Middle East / South Asia Special Exhibit case, 3rd Floor Lee-Chin Crystal.

Although an island, Madagascar has never been isolated. Situated in the Indian Ocean, at the crossroads of trade networks, its people have long had close ties to Asia, Africa, and Europe. Nowhere is this more visible than in their vibrant textile arts.

The Royal Ontario Museum is home to one of the world's best collections of silks from highland Madagascar, gathered under the curatorial expertise of Dr. Sarah Fee of ROM Textiles & Fashions. This exhibit takes advantage of this unparalleled collection to explore wildly coloured and patterned 19th-century wraps known as akotifahana. Great works of art, these cloths also had great ceremonial value. The exhibition presents Dr. Fee’s new research into their recent roots in the Indian Ocean... and beyond.


ROM Magazine article (PDF)

In Living Colour: the ROM’s unique collection of textiles from Madagascar



Comment by Kathy Lucking

I would love to find out more about the silks produced in Madagascar. This exhibit looks stunning!

Comment by Bonnie Corwin

I would like to list this exhibit, Madagascar Silks, in Textiles Asia's May issue, what dates is it on?
Thank you,
Bonnie Corwin
Textiles Asia

Comment by Marion McCrindle

I am coming to Toronto in May - will the exhibition still be on? I am going to Madagascar in August and would be fascinated to do some prep!

Comment by Jonathan

The ROM is a wonderful museum, but I find it surprising that the museum's website makes it so difficult to find the closing dates of many of its exhibitions. My thanks to the Lead Concierge's comment that the exhibition of textiles from Madagascar will be open until August 4, 2014. Suggestion: Provide opening and closing dates along with exhibition announcements. Judging from accompanying comments, it seems to be a common concern