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Unearthing Quilting

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There have been lots of events that have shaped the world as it is today. There are various concepts and principles that continuously guide each and every civilization toward survival and propagation. There are very ancient practices that still make their marks within the realms of the present generation. Let’s take a step back and take a journey aimed at unearthing quilting.

The craft of patching fabric materials together was commonly used in order to come with body protections and household accessories like usual clothing and pillows. Quilting has been around as early as the 15th century. There are even accounts leading its association with one of the oldest known communities of Egypt. There are also evidences pointing the existence of whole cloth quilts during the glamour of the trading years in the well-to-to European countries and Asian areas.

The most documented and proven ancestors of the quilts today were extracted from a Mongolian cave. The approximation of experts is that it existed during the first century BC as a linen carpet. At present it is kept safe and preserved within the confines of the Archeology Section in the Saint Petersburg department of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In the United States the making of quilts was quite rare particularly during the period that spanned the late 18th century and that of the onset of the 19th century. The reason was primarily because it was considered as a leisurely practice which is only suitable for the wealthy folks. Most women preferred to stick to the conventional methods of spinning, sewing, and weaving in order to make clothes for the family. Bed covers were limited to the likes of woven varieties made available commercially and economically. Quilting was actually tagged as colonial wherein only a handful can be involved.

Unlike the common garments that can be mended and created out of left over scraps or old materials quilts were highly regarded as decorative items that can truly bring out the meaning of art. Each item brought to life by a skilled maker is considered as a one-of-a-kind needlework. During the early 1800s, quilters focused on the designs that revolved around quilting styles of whole cloth quilts, medallion quilts, and broderie perse.

As always technology entered the scene and made quilting a more recognizable entity as it increased in the number of styles and patterns specifically during the middle portion of the 1800s. The Industrial Revolution paved the way for more promising creations especially when textile manufacturing clawed its way into the picture. The women were not anymore obliged to spin and weave their way into making clothes for their family. When 1840 sprouted, the textile industry allowed for the affordability of commercial fabrics.

Now, there’s a misconception that quilts during this time were forcibly made out of the usual scraps and left over materials from conventional dressmaking methods. Actually it was in this period wherein various forms of cotton prints were made available publicly for the specific purpose of quilt making. There are documents and pictures that indicate that fabrics and materials really were made just for the quilting craft.

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