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Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Name-CRT: American
Title: Quilt
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1880
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: ca. 1890
Object Type: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: Silk, velvet, ribbons, cotton
Dimensions: 60 3/4 x 52 in. (154.3 x 132.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1989.66
Credit Line: Gift of Tracey Blumenreich Zabar, 1989

By the mid-1880s, crazy quilts were so popular that enterprising manufacturers offered them in ready-to-sew kits, which often included appliqu├ęs. This practice explains the strangely uniform quality of many crazy quilts, and makes those crazy quilts that are not formulaic seem all the more extraordinary. Each block of this quilt top is designed with unusual patterns, and the blocks seem to be composed of real scraps. There are some commercially produced elements, such as the cats and some of the embroidered motifs, which were probably marked with patterns, but the original aspects of this piece make it stand apart from the run-of-the-mill crazy quilts that exist in great numbers today.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1989.66
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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