Mennonite Heritage Village

Resurfacing: Mennonite Floor Patterns

About the Exhibit:

Since 2001, Margruite Krahn has been unearthing historical floor patterns in Mennonite
housebarns, documenting historical patterns from villages all over southern Manitoba. Her
research has taken her from Manitoba to Mexico to the Netherlands and back, discovering more
about the patterns, the people who created them, and what they can tell us about Mennonite
life in Manitoba around the turn of the twentieth century. Resurfacing: Mennonite Floor
Patterns unearths this history, highlighting Margruite’s research, as well as her original artwork,
which replicates these historical patterns for new audiences today.

picture of painted yellow floor covered in blue and red flowers
Credit: Grajewski Fotograph Inc