Archive for the ‘Textiles’ Category

Shaker Spirit Drawings

Tuesday, May 1st, 1990

In the nine­teenth century, women in Shaker commu­ni­ties recorded their visions of heav­enly gardens in “spirit” or “gift” draw­ings — simple gifts that speak to the heart. The words, written in tiny, spidery hand­writing, are faded and almost illeg­ible, but the little birds and hearts and flowers make the feel­ings clear.

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Textile Masterpieces

Thursday, February 8th, 1990

Rugs and blan­kets, shrouds and shawls: textiles touched the lives of the people who lived with them. Slum­bering in store­rooms, rolled up and protected from light, these textile master­pieces have kept their vibrant colors and some­thing of their human warmth. Now, unfurled, they look like magic carpets, poised to rise.

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