Fragment of a geometric double cloth coverlet; Tennessee

Fragment of a geometric double cloth coverlet; Tennessee

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Fragment of a geometric double cloth coverlet. Fragment of a sixteen harness double weave coverlet, said to have been woven by two professional male weavers. Fancy block pattern made of squares and rectangles in rose wool and coarse bleached cotton.
Said to have been made by 2 traveling weavers in 1773, in Tennessee. The use of cotton makes this date uncertain (unlikely). The donor, Mrs. Laura M. Allen, was Director of Weaving in Mechanics' Institute, Rochester, N.Y.
Because of the donor, Mrs. Allen's, importance in teaching and preserving early handweaving, and the use of materials she collected in books on the subject, NMAH should keep the fragments she donated in the collection, as part of the national woven coverlet collection.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet fragment, geometric
coverlet fragment
date made
late 18th C.
place made
United States: Tennessee
Physical Description
cotton, wool (overall material)
double cloth (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 16 1/2 in x 14 1/2 in; 41.91 cm x 36.83 cm
ID Number
TE.T04934.000
catalog number
T04934.000
accession number
71965
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Laura M. Allen
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Coverlets
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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