About African American/Gee's Bend Style Vintage American Quilts
The first exhibit of African American quilts was held at Yale University in January of 1980. For the first time, people from all over the country could see the wonderful diversity, symbolism, and artistic ability of African American quilters. Our collection of African American quilts spans the time between 1860 and 1960. Many have names of the quilters or of their families, others have only the quilt?s location. Recently, the wonderful quilts from Gee's Bend, Alabama have been featured museum exhibits and highlighted in many magazines and television programs. These quilts are exciting examples of African American quilting, but not a separate entity. If you are interested in Gee's Bend quilts, we have many African American pieces from which to choose, many of which are similar to exhibited Gee's Bend pieces. Let us help you find the perfect quilt in this style!
In general, there are traits that distinguish African American quilting from any other North American quilting style. The use of symbols, bright colors, vertical piecing, enlarged, very graphic designs, and asymmetry hark back to African cultures and textile style. The symbols incorporated into the quilts can be traced back to religious symbols originating in Africa and adapted through generations of (religious shift forced into making) living in America. Many symbols worked into a quilt so long ago are simply unknown to us, and must remain a mystery until new information is discovered.
African American quilting also evokes emotional and visual responses similar to listening to jazz music. In the same way jazz emulates a pulsating heartbeat, African American quilts cause the eye to continuously shift from one area to the next. Our eyes can?t help but to keep moving across the ever changing design of the quilt. African American quilts are very personal, as is any interpretation of a particular piece.
African American/Gee's Bend Style Vintage American Quilts
Click on the pictures below to see more views of my African American Antique Quilts. Shading is due to lighting, not representative of the quilt. Please call for the availability or any questions.
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