Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth (Hardback)

by Lynne Zacek Bassett

Format: Hardback 356 pages

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This is the definitive treasury of Massachusetts' historic quilts and a glorious tribute to the creative spirit of their makers and the times. "Massachusetts Quilts" is the keystone study of American quilt making: the small state of Massachusetts reveals American history through quilting much earlier and more thoroughly than any other. The picture of quilting in America that emerges reveals regional preferences and women's contributions to the domestic economy, and sheds light on the national economy, politics, and society in general. The book is divided into three parts, 'History', 'Community', and 'Memory'. 'History' discusses the early history of silk, wool, and cotton quilts in Massachusetts, examines the Commonwealth's quilts geographically from east to west, and considers the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the state and national economies and on the quilt making craft. 'Community' explores Massachusetts quilts' representations of geographical, ideological, familial, and ethnic groups. State 'Memory' quilts in public and private purposely or unconsciously document notable and ordinary people, events, and periods in American history. "Massachusetts Quilts" celebrates the beauty of these textile artifacts, their talented makers, and the fascinating past that they capture. Collectively, the quilts that Massachusetts' women bequeathed to posterity are, indeed, the state's quilt making wealth.

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University Press of New England


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