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AMISH QUILTS: CRAFTING AN AMERICAN ICON. Janneken Smucker. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2013. Young Center Books in Anabaptist & Pietist Studies. 288 pp. with 104 ills. (101 col.). 29 x 22 cm. LC 2012-47088 ISBN 9781421410531 In English.
Publisher's description: Quilts have become a cherished symbol of Amish craftsmanship and the beauty of the simple life. Country stores in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and other tourist regions display row after row of handcrafted quilts -- a favorite souvenir for tourists and a source of income for the quilters. In luxury homes, office buildings, and museums, the quilts have been preserved and displayed as priceless artifacts. They are even pictured on collectible stamps. Amish Quilts explores how these objects evolved from practical bed linens into contemporary art. In this in-depth study, illustrated with more than 100 stunning color photographs, Janneken Smucker discusses what makes an Amish quilt Amish. She examines the value of quilts to those who have made, bought, sold, exhibited, and preserved them and how that value changes as a quilt travels from Amish hands to marketplace to consumers.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Textile/Fiber Arts — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art, Women Artists
Plans: 71,30,54
Worldwide Number: 157040
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