Uncoverings 2017
“Old Quilt Brought to America”

By: Dana Fobes Bowne

The textile collection of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington, includes an unusual embroidered quilt. A handwritten note in its file suggests that it was made in sixteenth-century England. However, the quilt’s motifs indicate that it is more likely a seventeenthcentury Bengali quilt. This paper describes the process to determine when and where the quilt was actually made and how it came to Spokane.

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