Textile Glimpses of Nova Scotia

Last week our Cherished Neighbor Liz and I spent the week in Nova Scotia, someplace both of us have always wanted to go.  Most of our time was spent taking in the scenery and eating all the delicious seafood we could find, but along the way I did find notable textiles.

Our first night in Halifax, we came across this statue commemorating Ukrainian immigrants.

Vytaiemo Statue, commemorating Ukrainian immigrants.

Explanation of the items shown.

It was interesting to see how the towel was portrayed in bronze.

The traditional embroidered towel.

I was hoping to find the history of this statue online — who commissioned it?  Was there a competition to choose who was awarded the commission?  What did the other proposed statues look like?  Who sculpted it?  Why the choice of a covered head, and why the draping of denim?

But in searching, I got literally only 2 pages of results.  When does that ever happen?  And most of the links were to just pictures like this one, with no explanation.  (And if you decide to go looking yourself, do NOT click on the “halifaxexaminer” link — it keeps replicating itself and you can’t get out of it.)

There is a giant clothespin is in the park in Sheet Harbour.  Get it?  Sheet Harbour?  (Although really in the marine world, sheets are lines instead of sails as you would expect if you are a landlubber.)

Giant clothespin carving.

The textile highlight of this trip was the visitor center in Guysborough.  Housed in the old courthouse is a typical display of old tools and crafts, but there were two lovely quilts on the wall too.  One of them was applique, showing scenes of local history.  I failed to get a picture, but it is here in their online collection.

The other one was new, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.  I loved how they updated Canada’s famous maple leaf symbol.

“Oh, Canada!” 150th birthday quilt made by Chedabucto Bay Quilters, and on display in Guysborough, NS.

You can read a little about its creation on the Chedabucto Bay Quilters Facebook page.

The textile highlight of the trip was this giant banner, commemorating an abstinence society that was founded in 1830.

Abstinence banner from Guysborough, NS.  More information here.

The Guysborough Historical Society has wisely decided to make this great design available in a T-shirt, and it was one of the few souvenirs I bought!