Sun, 01/13/2013 – Sun, 04/07/2013


Pennsylvania folk culture was on display in the Museum’s Goodman Gallery in Fabric of Life: Pennsylvania German Textiles, a showcase of the thrifty and decorative use of fabric in the everyday life of the “Pensilvany Dietsch.” This exhibit examined the effect of the integration of local Anglo-American influences and mass produced printed cotton fabrics on Germanic design, sewing techniques, and lifestyle. Featured items included a woven coverlet, a few examples of Berlin Woolwork, an early quilt, and a variety of samplers. A highlight was the fine series of intricately detailed show towels from the Museum’s permanent collection. Visitors were inspired by the work of sensible women and mannerly children, as the ornamentation of everyday items were elevated to an art form.

John Kaufman (1812-1863).  Coverlet (detail), 1842, cotton and woll compound weave.  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herman E. Finkelstein, 1975.