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Toronto 'Cairo Under Wraps' exhibition starts
16 Jul 2014

A range of Islamic textiles have just gone on show at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), as part of a new exhibition. Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles has been on show at the Canadian attraction since June 21st.

It's going to remain there up to January 25th next year, taking place in the museum's Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume.

The event showcases the museum's early Islamic textiles collection, which includes items that mostly date from the eighth century to the 12th .

There are around 80 fabrics on show, with most of them having only now been put on show for the public.

Other items involved in Cairo Under Wraps include things like glass and ceramic objects, as well as coins.

The show has been curated by the assistant curator of textiles and fashions at the museum, Anu Liivandi, senior curator of Islamic decorative arts, Dr. Karin Ruehrdanz and Dr. Lisa Golombek, curator emeritus of Islamic art.

Visitors will be able to see treasures like a fragment of linen tabby with silk and gold tapestry decoration and an 11th century stonepaste bowl from Syria featuring the image of a musician.

The event aims to investigate the culture and history of Islam's early days via textiles from the initial centuries of muslim rule.

According to the museum, it shows how Islam's use of Arabic script to communicate and symbolise faith was in contrast to civilisations that came before, who communicated political and religious ideas via human figure imagery.

The institution explains that what we know about early Islamic textiles can mostly be traced to Egypt, a country where a lot of fragile textiles were preserved after being used for burial shrouds, thanks to dry conditions. ADNFCR-408-ID-801735779-ADNFCR

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