Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum has most generously sponsored our professional fashion shows this year. Many thanks for your support of the Wearable Art Show

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) is located in the annex of the former Rosamond Woolen Company in Almonte, Ontario. Constructed in 1867 this National Historic Site of Canada now features a blend of the old and new, all related to the history of the Mississippi Valley and the textile industry. They are hosts to some amazing exhibitions, two of which are described here.

“Fabric of a Small Town”

old toolsThis exhibit is the centerpiece display of the museum, showcasing the history of textile manufacturing. A collection of industrial textile machines, some of which were used in the Rosamond Mill, are on display to give the visitor a visual appreciation of the kinds of machinery and equipment the millworkers had to use. Explanatory banners and panels walk the visitor through the process of making textiles, “from sheep to shawl.” An audio component provides a sense of the clatter and noise inside a textile mill. As well, we have some smaller-scale working machines that can be used for demonstration purposes.
This exhibit, which is housed on the re-designed and renovated second floor of the museum, would not have been possible without the assistance of the Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies program. Many students have participated in the design and construction of the exhibition, providing them with a terrific learning experience before launching their careers as museum professionals.


“Reiko Sudo + NUNO, Textiles from Japan”

Reiko SudoThe Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) is thrilled to be hosting the exhibition “Reiko Sudo + NUNO, Textiles from Japan,” curated by Alan Elder of the Canadian Museum of History. The exhibition runs from 11 July to 22 November with an artist’s talk and opening remarks at the Old Almonte Town Hall, hosted by the Town of Mississippi Mills on Thursday 10 July at 5 pm, followed by an opening reception at the Museum from 6 to 8 pm.
Textiles created by the NUNO Corporation, led by co-founder and head designer Reiko Sudo, have been shown worldwide and are used by leading fashion designers and architects. They are in collections in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. While incorporating products from organic cotton to metals and feathers and using cutting-edge technology, NUNO’s fabrics are strongly rooted in Japanese textile tradition.
The installation of the exhibition takes the architecture of the Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery as its starting point. An array of amazing fabrics will “dress” the gallery’s many columns. This wonderful historic building where workers produced award-winning textiles for generations is the perfect showplace for astonishing fabrics that range from “Snowy Branches” to “Scrapyard.” You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to enjoy the work of this international textile star!


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