Into the 20th century, many considered sewing an integral part of the education of all young girls, who used needlework samplers like this one to learn and master patterns and stitches. Needlework and the skilled handling of a sewing machine helped many women to support their families. Clara Rivera sewed this sampler in the city of Ponce in 1934, combining text with geometric and floral designs.
Description (Spanish)
Durante el siglo XX, la costura se consideraba parte integral de la educación de las niñas, quienes utilizaban dechados como éste para practicar nuevos diseños y puntos. La costura y la destreza en las máquinas de coser permitieron a muchas mujeres contribuir con el sustento de sus familias. Clara Rivera cosió su dechado en la ciudad de Ponce en 1934, combinando texto, diseños geométricos y florales.
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Object Name
date made
Rivera, Clara
Physical Description
textile; cotton (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 39 cm x 53 cm; x 15 3/8 in x 20 7/8 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Ponce, Ponce
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Puerto Rico
Sewing and Knitting
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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