One of 130 textiles on display at MOA
One of 130 textiles on display at MOA"s newest exhibition

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC opens its new season with Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures (Nov 17-Apr 9). This immersive new exhibition explories the function of clothing to express social prestige, economic status, political might, and spirituality. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Western Canada’s Largest Textile Collection

The exhibition draws from MOA’s textile collection, the largest collection in Western Canada.

2. Textiles From Around the World

Curated by MOA’s Jennifer Kramer, the exhibition will showcase handmade textiles from around the globe. Items on display range from the hand-dyed batiks of Bali, appliqued button blankets from BC’s Northwest Coast, jaspe weavings of the Mayan people of Guatemala, elaborate ikat creations from India and Indonesia, and much more.

3. Textiles for all Occasions

The collection incorporates textiles from rites of passage, cultural celebrations, spiritual ceremonies, as well as everyday functional uses.

4. A 360 View

Textiles will be draped and hung throughout MOA’s Audain Gallery, offering visitors an up-close, 360-degree look at intricate stitching and complex weaving techniques.

5. Exploring Global Cultures

The collection of textiles represents a celebration of Vancouver’s multiculturalism, and its connection to a vast array of global cultures.