Category Archives: Textiles

123 Year old Levis

These modern-looking jeans in a modern size (44 waist and 36 inseam) were purchased in 1893 by Solomon Warner, a dry goods store owner in Tucson, Arizona Territory. They are in near mint condition, having been worn only a few … Continue reading

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Intended as wallpaper and possibly a fashion?

Bubblewrap was developed in 1957 as a space-age wallpaper, but nobody liked the idea. Then the American inventors, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, realized it had potential as a packing material. They went into business in 1960 and one of … Continue reading

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3-D printed dress collection

I would REALLY like to get one of these 3D printed dresses for the museum collection. An Israeli designer has put out a collection and I love the innovation:  

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Who killed the corset?

This interesting article brings a new contender forward as a possible leader for the abolishment of corsetry in the early 1900s – Mme Margaine-Lacroix. As early as 1899 she was producing what she called the ‘robe-sylphide’. Advertised as being “ sans corset” (without … Continue reading

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A Tale and Two Mill Towns

This week the town of Hespeler has been transformed into Hesplerwood – a filming location for the upcoming mini-series based on Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63. The main street has been dressed to resemble Lisbon, Maine, c. 1960. King attended high … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Dominion Woollens and Worsteds 1928-1959

In 1870 Scottish-born Robert Forbes entered into a partnership with Jonathan Schofield in Hespeler, Ontario to operate J. Schofield & Co. – a mill to produce woollen flannels, plaids and tweeds as well as drugget carpeting. In 1874 the partners purchased the … Continue reading

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Dye Bleeds – Shazbot!

A few days ago I decided to clean-up the storage room as too many things were in need of being put away in their proper boxes. In the bottom of a plastic bag I rediscovered this 1978 T-shirt featuring Robin Williams as … Continue reading

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Exhibition – Art of the Lacemaker

Guelph Civic Museum is hosting an exhibition of lace (July 11 – November 2) from the collection of the late Margaret Ruhland. Curated by conservator and friend of Margaret Ruhland, Joyce Dawson, the exhibition showcases examples of needle, bobbin and other laces … Continue reading

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Beaver but were afraid to ask…

Beneath the guard hairs of a beaver’s coat is an incredibly thick, soft fur. This undercoat became highly desirable by felt makers during the Renaissance because it produced the finest quality felt, known for a beautiful sheen and hard resilience. By … Continue reading

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A Tough Act to Follow

Stephanie Kwolek, the inventor of Kevlar, died June 18 at the age of 90. Kwolek was a research scientist at Dupont when she discovered the tough fibre that is best known for its use in bullet-proof vests. In 1965 Kwolek discovered that … Continue reading

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