African American Quilting

African American quilting is approximately as ancient as America’s history. Black women kept as slaves were required to perform a number of tasks. They had to stitch , spin , knit and quilt on the agricultural estates and in other affluent family units.

African American Quilts in the Preliminary Stages: Even though the quilt textiles and designs utilized were those of aristocratic whites, a number of African American women turned out to be exceedingly proficient in crafting these quilts. There was hardly anytime remaining in the day for these slave women to do their own stitching. There were a few who used to prepare quilts from pieces of cloth or other bed covers for their families. However none are in existence these days to be researched.

Existence After Liberation: Following the Civil War, a lot of African American women set off in search of employment in households. They got jobs as servants whilst others assisted on small agricultural estates. Then too it was an extremely hard life, working from sunrise to sunset. Quilts were prepared out of requirement. The supplies that were used comprised of bits and pieces, garments that were discarded and bags meant for provisions. A variety of material strips were stitched together in the making of ‘string quilts'. Unfortunately there are only a small amount of patterns of quilts prepared by African Americans. The main reason for this is they established their profound attire in the course of this era.

The African American most sought after Pine Cone Quilt: The Pine Cone also known, as the Pine Burr quilt is a quilt prepared with triangles that overlap, showcasing a three-dimensional look. These triangles are presented in a spherical pattern beginning at the center and furnishing the appearance of a Pine Cone. Cuesta Benberry a renowned Quilt Historian states that from the beginning to the latter part of the twentieth century, the Pine Cone quilt was in style amongst the southern African American quilters. This fashion of the quilt was regarded as a work of art  and a large number of excellent appliqués were used, just as in the Caucasian societies.

Relocating to the towns: In the 1920s gradually a lot of African Americans began shifting to the northern cities. One contributing feature was the boll weevil plague that ruined a lot of agricultural estates in the south. In addition, industrialization gave rise to fresh employment chances in the north. A large number of women recognized that they had hardly any time to quilt following an extensive day working in the factory.

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