Unravelling the Yarns, War Rugs and Soldiers

Category: Exhibitions

gardenrunnerweaponsA new exhibition at The Military Museums in Calgary explores the development of war rugs in the context of Canadian soldiers’ experiences in Afghanistan. Unravelling the Yarns, War Rugs and Soldiers is on view in the Founders’ Gallery from September 11, 2010 through January 31, 2011.

The exhibition features selections from The Fyke Collection of Afghan War Rugs in the collection of The Nickle Arts Museum together with examples of weaponry and other artifacts from the collection of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives.

The first war rugs were likely woven in western Afghanistan after the arrival of the Soviets in 1979.  Weavers replaced traditional motifs with representations of tanks, guns, helicopters and the occasional soldier, inaugurating a genre of expressive, contemporary textiles referred to as “war rugs.”  They reflect the profound political, social and economic changes to Afghanistan through the representation of historic figures, military events and armaments.

The exhibition is curated by Michele Hardy, PhD, The Nickle Arts Museum, and Sergeant Chris Mavin, CD, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives.

Complementing the exhibition is a new website featuring the digitized Fyke Collection with commentary by Michele Hardy.

Location: The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail, SW, Calgary, Canada

Source: Press-release The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary



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