Jacquard Pattern Coverlet
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Fehr & Keck, Manufacturer
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Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Cotton Warp & Wool and Cotton Weft. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: Fehr and Keck Manufacturer, Emamus PA. The Jacquard Loom was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801. This mechanical loom was able to manufacture more complex patterns through the use of pasteboard cards with punched holes that determined the design of the weaving. This allowed complex textiles to be woven by men without extensive training or skill. The loom reduced time, labor and costs as well as allowed the same pattern to be reused. The punch cards were the precursor to the systems used by early computers. This is a Jacquard Pattern Coverlet. It has no center seem as is typical with broader Jacquard looms and is made of navy blue, green and red wool, and cream colored cotton. There is a sunburst like central medallion and a swag of floral motifs surrounding it. The border has a leaf-like scroll all around. On three sides there is a fringe that has been woven separately and attached by hand. Exhibition History: Collection or Donor: From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer (American 1918-2001), an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades.
72 x 87 inches
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