Suwanee Stripe Sham
This colorful blanket salutes the patchwork artistry of the Seminole Indian women. From the 1700s, the Suwanee River area of what is now the southeastern United States was home to the Seminole Indian tribes. The first versions of Seminole patchwork appeared in the late 1800s and were born of necessity. When cloth was scarce, remnants of cotton bolts were cut into small strips and hand sewn into larger pieces for strip clothing. The result was functional, wearable art. The introduction of the sewing machine during the early 20th century revolutionized Seminole patchwork. The technique flourished as tight machine stitching allowed more and more elaborate patterns. Strips of colored cloth were cut and repositioned into intricate patterns of squares, rectangles, diamonds and triangles. Brilliant colors like this sawtooth design were often contrasted with a black background. The Suwanee blanket is a tribute to the sophisticated symmetry of Seminole patchwork, an art form still practiced today. Unnapped, sueded trim. 82% wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA. Fits standard pillow 20" x 26".
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