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The fabric of Mexico
Viva México! Clothing & Culture through May 2016 at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum has a collection of Mexican textiles that span 300 years and for the first time ever 150 pieces are on display through May 23, 2016. ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture celebrates the best, brightest and rarest garments, and explores the evolution of the country’s clothing styles. In pre-Conquest times, the elite’s splendid ensembles were symbols of high status. When the Spanish conquistadores arrived in 1519, they were impressed by the work of the spinners, dyers, weavers, embroiderers and feather artisans. Later European materials, techniques and styles were merged with those of indigenous societies. Beautifully woven rebozos (women’s shawls) and patterned sarapes (men’s wool overgarments) from the 18th and 19th centuries are on view as are ceremonial outfits and lace headdresses that are evocative of grand fiestas. Adults $17; students $15.50; kids 4 to 14 $14. Discount admissions on Best Value Fridays start at 4:30pm. tel: (416) 586-8000; rom.on.ca.
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