Pi Beta Phi Settlement School coverlet; overshot; 1927; Tennessee

Pi Beta Phi Settlement School coverlet; overshot; 1927; Tennessee

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Weavers at the Pi Beta Phi Settlement House in Gatlinburg, Tennessee wove this blue and white, “Double Bow Knot” coverlet in 1927. The coverlet measures 96 inches by 76 inches and is constructed from two panels. The Pi Beta Phi school was established in the late nineteenth century in Gatlinburg as part of the settlement school movement to help educate the rural population of Southern Appalachia and provide them with a marketable craft skill. The school was famous for its loomhouse. The craft school is still in operation today and known as Arrowmont. Pi Beta Phi Elementary is still educating the children of Gatlinburg, Tennessee as well. This coverlet belonged to Mrs. B.B. Moeur of Tempe Arizona. It is unclear if she was the weaver, but it is possible that while in the female fraternity she learned to weave at the school. The coverlet became part of the Smithsonian collection as part of the 50th Anniversary Pi Beta Phi exhibit and demonstration held in 1962.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
Date made
20th century
date made
1927
place made
United States: Tennessee, Gatlinburg
Physical Description
overshot (overall style)
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
plain weave; supplementary weft float (overall production method/technique)
blue (overall color)
white (overall color)
double bow knot (overall pattern)
Measurements
overall: 96 in x 75 in; 243.84 cm x 190.5 cm
ID Number
TE.T12897
catalog number
T12897.000
accession number
242636
Credit Line
Gift of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity through Mrs. Alice Weber Mansfield, Grand President
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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