1800 - 1825 Block-printed Quilt

Description
This early 19th-century quilt was found in Connecticut. The faded areas of the block-printed, blue resist top suggest the probable use of recycled fabrics. The fabric may have been from worn or out-of-fashion curtains, or other bed furnishings of an earlier period.
In order to obtain the pattern on the cotton fabric used for the top, a dye-resistant substance was applied to specific areas. The fabric was then dipped in an indigo dye. The resist was then removed, leaving the background without dye. The quilt is lined with a plain white fabric, and quilted in a diamond grid pattern.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1800-1825
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 74 in x 66 in; 188 cm x 166 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
1991.0288.02
accession number
1991.0288
catalog number
1991.0288.02
subject
Quilts
Quilting
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens
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