1800 - 1825 Blue Resist Block-printed Quilt


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.

Date Made: 1800-1825

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut

Subject: Quilting


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0288.02Accession Number: 1991.0288Catalog Number: 1991.0288.02

Object Name: quilt

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-c2fa-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556232

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