Josie Mast; curtain panels; overshot; 1913; North Carolina

Josie Mast; curtain panels; overshot; 1913; North Carolina

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Josie Mast (1861-1936) teacher and weaver from Valle Crucis, North Carolina wove these blue and white, overshot curtain panels in 1913 for Southern Industrial Education Association retail store at the Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. They were collection in 1913 by the Smithsonian’s first textile curator, Frederick Lewton. Each panel measures 78 inches by 36 inches. The pattern is a “Single Chariot Wheel” design with large upper and lower borders created from a fractional reduction of the pattern. These curtain panels are an excellent example of how Appalachian overshot weaving influenced the Handicraft Revival and Colonial Revival movements of the early twentieth century. Coverlets had moved off the bed and into the living room as home décor.
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Object Name
curtain panels; overshot
curtain panels
date made
Mast, Josie
place made
United States: North Carolina, Valle Crucis
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
single chariot wheel (overall pattern)
overall: 78 in x 36 in; 198.12 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Southern Industrial Educational Association
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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