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Published on January 10, 2008

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Slide1:  By Rebecca Schultz Quilting Traditions:  Quilting Traditions Quilting is a unique tradition because it has been developed as a union of different ethnic and cultural traditions. Quilting has come to symbolize the union of African and European traditions in a unique manner, as a union, rather than a separation, of two, often contrasting or forcibly separated cultures and traditions. Quilting has become a type of symbol used not only for individual artists and authors, but a symbol for a country. Quilting Themes:  Quilting Themes Quilts and quilting are used to convey certain themes of: Self expression Union of opposite values or people The formation of close bonds among women and kin, heritage,history Family Comfort Love Commitment Loom House:  Loom House This is where quilts began. It is a loom house used by slaves on the Melrose Plantation. What do you think the inside looked like? Interior of a Loom House.:  Interior of a Loom House. This is the interior of a loom house on Melrose Plantation. Do you think this was hard work? Textiles:  Textiles Originally in Africa the textiles were made by men. Once slaves were brought to America, women took over the tradition. This example of men’s traditional weave uses strips of reed and fabric which is also used used in fabric quilting. Bright Colors and Large Shapes:  Bright Colors and Large Shapes Bright colors were used in African quilts. These colors helped Africans be able to recognize warring tribes and hunting parties from far away. This textile tradition of using large shapes has carried on into quilts made today. Diamond Pattern:  Diamond Pattern Very prominent in African textile tradition in the use of the diamond pattern. The diamond is symbolic of the cycles of life. Each point represents a stage in life: birth, life, death, and rebirth. The circle shape is similarly representative of this cycle. Quilt with a Diamond Pattern:  Quilt with a Diamond Pattern Pattern Breaks:  Pattern Breaks The ability to recreate and change old patterns was especially important to many African tribes. A break in a pattern symbolized a rebirth in the ancestral power of the creator or wearer. Pattern Breaks:  Pattern Breaks A break in a pattern also helped keep evil spirits away. Evil is believed to travel in straight lines and a break in a pattern or line confuses the spirits and slows them down. Traditions:  Traditions Often the owner’s status was conveyed in the number of pattern changes or the cloth used. This tradition was especially important for royalty and priests -- it conveyed prestige, power, status, and wealth. The traditions of improvisation and multiple patterning also protect the quilter from anyone copying their quilts. These traditions allow for a strong sense of ownership and creativity. Slide13:  This is an example of using many patterns and materials in a quilt. Quilts :  Quilts Quilts were used to keep records of family traditions. They were used much like a “family album” that we would put together. Quilts were used to record family events such as…. (CLICK AND FIND OUT) Events Recorded in Quilts:  Events Recorded in Quilts Family Album Quilt:  Family Album Quilt The quilt on the right is titled Black family Album (1854). Representative of her black family's traditions, heritage, and lineage, its creator literally pasted her family album onto a lasting fabric. Cultural Quilts:  Cultural Quilts On the left is a quilt made in 1938 that display's the same type of cultural information about the creator's family and plantation life. What do you think the quilt says about plantation life? Charms:  Charms Charms are used in many African and African American religious societies. They are created by a priest or conjure woman for the specific needs of its user. Charms can heal or ward off evil spirits. Quilts to Ward off Evil Spirits:  Quilts to Ward off Evil Spirits This quilt has the African American Vodun dolls for safe guarding the for the user from evil spirits of a specific threat. Underground Railroad:  Underground Railroad During slavery years, members of the Underground Railroad would use quilts to send messages. Log Cabin quilts made with black cloth were hung to mark a safe house of refuge. Some quilts marked escape routes out of a plantation or county. Others marked the stars that would act as a night-time map through the country to freedom. Log Cabin Quilt:  Log Cabin Quilt Conclusion:  Conclusion African American quilts symbolize much tradition and culture in each patch that makes up such a masterpiece. NOW IT IS TIME TO …. CHECK OUT THE REST OF YOUR SITES! References:  References All text and graphics came from: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG97/quilt/atrads.html

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