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This coverlet of olive green, red, gold and undyed wool yarn is woven into a geometric sunburst pattern with inset sunflowers and dogwood blossoms. The side borders are a grapevine pattern and the lower border contains a tulip tree alternating with a maple tree. Fringe survives on the side and bottom edges. Total size is 89-3/8" x 73-1/2". Coverlets differ from quilts because they are woven, rather than pieced, and usually made by men. The men would include their name and the date the coverlet was made by weaving it into a corner. The men who wove fancy coverlets in Illinois moved here looking for inexpensive farmland and/or markets for their wares. The man who wove this coverlet came from Pennsylvania with his family by 1860. He earned his living entirely by weaving on looms set up in a separate building behind his house. How we learn about communities; American communities in history; Westward Expansion 16 History; 18 Social Systems; 25-27 Fine Arts
|Rassweiler, Phillip H., 1812-1896|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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