Manitoba Weavers And Fibre Artists

  • Weaving and spinning were not promoted in Manitoba’s earliest years. Britain wanted to export textiles to Canada and thus had reason not to support this type of self-sufficiency. Several ventures in textile production in Manitoba in the 1800’s met with disaster – the Buffalo Wool Company, commercial production of flax and hemp, a fulling mill and later a woolen mill. Governor Simpson and Bishop Provencher, were interested in promoting self-sufficiency in textile production. They brought two female weavers to Manitoba in 1838 for three years to establish a school at the French mission in St. Boniface but the school was destroyed by fire a year later. By 1870, Manitoba had become a province and the railway had been completed through Manitoba. The railway brought increased availability of goods and competition resulting in a decreased need for and interest in handweaving. Decades later, the Roman Catholic Church, the Crafts Guild of Manitoba, the Searle Grain Company and the Guild of Canadian Weavers would all have significant roles in the history of weaving in Manitoba.

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Table Of Contents (1997):

  • GUILD OF CANADIAN WEAVERS, MANITOBA BRANCH
  • ACTIVITIES, MEETING PLACE & LIBRARY
  • HISTORY OF WEAVING IN MANITOBA
  • SOME OF OUR EARLY MEMBERS
  • CURRENT MEMBERS
  • REMEMBER THE TIME
  • RUBY MONDS – STILL WEAVING AT 91 YEARS OF AGE
  • GUILD OF CANADIAN WEAVERS TESTS
  • VALERIE DePORTO – MASTER WEAVER
  • ACHIEVEMENTS
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS
  • EXHIBITIONS
  • NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
  • LOCAL EXHIBITIONS
  • INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
  • PUBLICATIONS
  • MEMBERS WHO SERVED ON THE LOCAL EXECUTIVE
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS