Saturday, October 17, 2009
QUILTED PILLOWS - AN AMERICAN TRADITION IN NORTHRIDGE
During the time Americans lived under British mercantile laws, the manufacture of textiles that competed with England, was highly regulated, taxed or forbidden. A high cost of cloth resulted.
American women responded in part by making the most of textile scraps in their possession. The result was the cherished art of quilt making. Family pews in New England churches were made less uncomfortable with quilted pillows. These pillows in the Congregational Church of Northrige are the unknowing descendants of this centuries old practice.
PS - This is also an origin of the American Op-Art movement.