Sunshine and Shadow: Amish Quilts

Sunshine and Shadow: Amish Quilts

Simple, large, geometric patterns. Deep, rich colors. Undecorated wool fabrics. Wide quilted borders. These characteristics define the classic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Amish quilts made between the late 1800s and the mid 1900s. The quilts exemplify many qualities of traditional Amish life: conservative, plain, and rule-bound. On the other hand, Amish quilts from the Midwest often are more visually complex, with repeating, block-style patterns and vibrant, bright colored cottons surrounded by contrasting black grounds. Greater contact with non-Amish neighbors and less strict community guidelines (ordnung) were partly to account for these departures. Complex and plain, bright and dark, cotton and wool--all of these make up the sunshine and shadow of Amish quilts, a unique form of American folk art. 

Event Date
Friday, November 6, 2020 to Sunday, February 21, 2021