The first crocheted carpets appeared in Canada in the mid-19th century. In the past, given the scarcity of fabric, affluent people obtained carpets imported from the East or commercial woven carpets. The most easily identified Canadian carpets are Grenfell Missions in Newfoundland and Labrador. The origin of Grenfell carpets goes back to 1913. Industrial production will follow with other companies. However, the most beautiful ones have always been those that women make by hand with their own materials and with their inspiration.
As for the braided carpets, they began to appear in American colonies between the 1500s and the 1600s. It was in fact the weaving techniques of native people that inspired the braided carpet. The weaving technique was used to make heavy saddle covers for horses, as well as ponchos and ceremonial rugs often used in "pow-wows". Women used leftover fabrics from other sewing activities to create braided rugs.
In short, the peculiarity of this exhibition rests on the fact that the artifacts are the result of a great artisanal dexterity and show a remarkable traditional know-how. The objects are all from the Museum's collection.
►Come one come all!