Amish Quilts by Janneken Smucker

By Janneken Smucker

Quilts became a loved image of Amish craftsmanship and the wonderful thing about the easy lifestyles. nation shops in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and different vacationer areas exhibit row after row of hand made quilts—a favourite memento for travelers and a resource of source of revenue for the quilters. In luxurious houses, workplace structures, and museums, the quilts were preserved and displayed as invaluable artifacts. they're even pictured on collectible stamps. Amish Quilts explores how those gadgets developed from sensible mattress linens into modern art.

In this in-depth learn, illustrated with greater than a hundred lovely colour pictures, Janneken Smucker discusses what makes an Amish duvet Amish. She examines the worth of quilts to those that have made, obtained, bought, exhibited, and preserved them and the way that price adjustments as a cover travels from Amish arms to industry to consumers.

A fifth-generation Mennonite quiltmaker herself, Smucker strains the heritage of Amish quilts from their use within the past due 19th century to their sale within the profitable company practices of this day. via her personal observations in addition to oral histories, newspaper bills, ephemera, and different archival assets, she seeks to appreciate how the time period "Amish" turned a mode and what it ability to either quiltmakers and shoppers. She additionally appears at how quilts impact model and increases problems with authenticity of quilts within the marketplace.

Whether regarded as artwork, craft, or commodity, Amish quilts replicate the intersections of consumerism and connoisseurship, faith and trade, nostalgia and aesthetics. through completely studying all of those features, Amish Quilts is a vital source for an individual drawn to the background of those appealing works.

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