Life Cycle of a Textile School Program
Posted: Mar 16th, 2023 | Education

The Textile Museum of Canada developed the Life Cycle of a Textile Program for Grade 6-12 students

The Life Cycle of a Textile program will facilitate students’ learning about textiles: what they are, and where they come from. Students will gain confidence in understanding different fibres and fabrics, as well as the social and environmental impact of the production, use, and disposal of textiles.

Through processes of inquiry, self-reflection, critical analysis, and hands-on skill-building, students will be invited to examine the ways in which they contribute to the life cycles of textiles in their lives, and how they themselves can take on practices of sustainability and stewardship with their own clothing.

The program will be tailored to each student group through consultation with educators, aligning the visit with current class content, learning expectations, and accessibility needs. This program has a direct link to their studies in Science, Geography, Environmental Science, Biology, Social Justice, Clothing, and Fashion.

Ontario Curriculum Learning Expectations (2023-24) in relation to the Life Cycle of a Textile can be accessed here. Life Cycle of a Textile Learning Expectations

An image of slides from the Life Cycle of a Textile Program. The slide on the left side of the screen says "Natural: Cellulose (plants), Protein (animals)" Beside this text are labeled images of a cotton plant and a sheep. On the right side of the screen there are labeled images of Cellulose fibres: cotton, flax, cotton-hemp, abaca, and jute.

Online Flipbook
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A workbook that students can refer to for resources and additional information can be found here. Life Cycle of a Textile Workbook

You can also watch weaver Keiko Shintani talk about the many lives of a textile here. This is an example of the digital content available as a resource for this program.

This program is generously supported by: