The Galt Museum and the Lethbridge Weaver’s guild are working together for the Galt Museum’s new exhibit “Woven In Time: Celebrating 65 years with Lethbridge Weavers” which runs June 7- Sept. 14.
We started this because the Handicraft Guild of Weavers celebrates 65 years, so we partnered with them to bring them this exhibit,” said curator Wendy Aitkens, who found creating the exhibit a learning experience.
“ I never knew there was so much that went into weaving,” said Aitkens who learned the vocabulary.
“ We have a Lethbridge tartan and I didn’t even know there was one,” she said, indicating a display case including the tartan, the history, the meaning of the colours it includes and a sample of it in one display case.
Other cases include items dating back to 1866 and 1875, a wedding dress created on a loom and a history of the Weaver’s Guild itself.
There is even a case including the many different types of yarn.
“You can make it out of steel, silver, soy, corn and even recycled pop bottles,” Aitkens enthused.
Members of the Guild will also be doing displays of weaving periodically throughout the exhibits run on a loom they set up in a side room. When they aren’t there, a video will be shown outlining all of the many steps it takes to weave.
“The Guild has helped preserve the art of weaving that was getting lost during the Industrial revolution,” Aitkens said.
The Galt Museum provided items form their collection while the Guild provided most of the others.
There is also an interactive component to the exhibit, which allows people to help create a giant community weave by threading multi-coloured ribbons through an exaggerated loom on the west wall of the exhibit.