Coverlet; diamond twill weave; 19th century; prob. Pennsylvania

Coverlet; diamond twill weave; 19th century; prob. Pennsylvania

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This coverlet is an example of a diamond twill weave coverlet. The weaver used 2-ply S-twist Z-spun red and indigo wool and white cotton warp and weft to create the pattern. The weaver’s use of color to create the diamond figures formed by weave brings out red and blue diamonds on alternate blocks, creating a textural and visually stunning textile. There is self-fringe along three sides and an applied satin tape along the upper edge which may be a latter addition. The coverlet was woven as one length, cut, and sewn up the middle to create the completed width. This coverlet is in overall excellent condition.
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Object Name
Date made
19th century
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
red (overall color)
indigo (overall color)
wool, cotton (overall material)
twill (overall production method/technique)
overall: 79 in x 78 in; 200.66 cm x 198.12 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Oliver C. Overlander
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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