By: Sally Garoutte
The French Input to early American quilts has been surprisingly ignored. The relations between France and England’s American colonies were very close in the late-colonial period, and one would expect to find some influences. The influences, however, came through England and their origins have generally been lost.
Textile production in those times in Europe was the most extensive kind of manufacture. Among things made to sell in the 17th century in the area of southern France known as Provence were quilts. Three of these 17th century quilts from Arles are in the collections of the Museon Arlaten, a folk art museum displaying the ancient crafts of Provence.