Amish Quilts

Crafting An American Icon
Smucker, Janneken (Book - 2013)
Amish Quilts
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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. A fifth-generation Mennonite quiltmaker herself, Smucker traces the history of Amish quilts from their use in the late nineteenth century to their sale in the lucrative business practices of today. Through her own observations as well as oral histories, newspaper accounts, ephemera, and other archival sources, she seeks to understand how the term "Amish" became a style and what it means to both quiltmakers and consumers. She also looks at how quilts influence fashion and raises issues of authenticity of quilts in the marketplace. Whether considered as art, craft, or commodity, Amish quilts reflect the intersections of consumerism and connoisseurship, religion and commerce, nostalgia and aesthetics. By thoroughly examining all of these aspects, Amish Quilts is an essential resource for anyone interested in the history of these beautiful works.
Authors: Smucker, Janneken
Title: Amish quilts
crafting an American icon
Publisher: Baltimore :, The Johns Hopkins University Press,, 2013.
Characteristics: xvi, 270 pages :,illustrations ;,29 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Made in America
Amish quilts, Amish values
Off of beds and onto walls
Folk art and women's work
The fashion for quilts
From rags to riches
Amish intermediaries
A good Amish quilt folded like money
Designed to sell
Homespun efficiency
The Amish brand
Outsourcing authenticity.
Local Note: 15 53 54 65 80 118 172 182 210 231 236 237 244
Master record encoding level change WorldCat Holdings
ISBN: 1421410532
Statement of Responsibility: Janneken Smucker
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Amish quilts.
Topical Term: Amish quilts.
LCCN: 2012047088
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