“American Coverlets and Their Weavers is an attractive, well-designed publication that is likely to offer updated information and enhance the earlier work’s scholarship. The author, who has other publications on the topic, has constructed a thorough, informative reference work on an important aspect of American textile history.”
Terrie L. Wilson, American Reference Books Annual
“The work is an invaluable source for research on American coverlets in general and for specifics of weavers…The excellent sample entries on the weavers in the state-by-state portion are models of scholarship about the form, and the checklist is excellent for looking up makers.”
William L. Whitwell, The Roanoke Times
Coverlets woven in vibrant colors of red, blue, white, and green are as popular today as they were in the nineteenth century.
American Coverlets and Their Weavers is a lavishly illustrated guide to one of the premier collections of coverlets in the nation. As such, it is also an essential reference for collectors, historians, specialists in material culture, and others who are interested in American textiles.
Published in association with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, American Coverlets and Their Weavers is a work of impressive scholarship. Clarita S. Anderson has drawn upon her extensive research to identify and discuss 700 weavers and to relate details about their lives and professional careers.
In-depth discussions explore more than fifty coverlets, which are depicted in detail. Another key feature of the book is the annotated dictionary of professional American weavers of figured and fancy coverlets compiled from the University of Maryland Historic Textile Database and the research files at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg between May 2002 and September 2003, American Coverlets and Their Weavers will be a treasured guide for collectors and historians alike.
Clarita S. Anderson, noted lecturer and scholar, has written widely on textiles and is the author of Weaving a Legacy: The Don and Jean Stuck Coverlet Collection and Figured and Fancy: Weavers of Wayne County, New York.
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