Overshot coverlet made by an unidentified weaver near Edgefield, South Carolina

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Created by
Unidentified
Medium
cotton and wool
Dimensions
H x W: 94 1/4 × 82 in. (239.4 × 208.3 cm)
Type
coverlets
Place made
Edgefield County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date
1860s
Description
This dark brown, pink, and off-white overshot coverlet was hand woven on a four-harness loom with six treadles using a single-ply z-spun undyed cotton warp and weft with supplementary single-ply z-spun wool weft dyed brown and pink. The colored wool supplementary weft creates a striped geometric design that is mirrored on the reverse. There are three identical panels machine-stitched selvage to selvage to form the coverlet, with rolled hems on the exterior edges. There is no border pattern for the outside sections. The wool is colored brown using an iron-tannate dye, while the pink colored wool is colored with an aniline dye.
Topic
African American
Craftsmanship
Domestic life
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Claudia Durst Johnson
Object number
2014.202
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture