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Discharge Printing quilt: Hourglass Strippie

Discharge Printing quilt: Hourglass Strippie

Hourglass strippie doll quilt
c. 1870-1890
IQSCM, Mary Ghormley Collection, 2008.034.0209

The alternating whole-cloth “bars” in this doll quilt are made from a variety of late-nineteenth century indigo prints. Because it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a discharge print and a resist print,* we cannot know for sure which is which in this quilt. We do know, however, that these are typical prints for their era.

*Sometimes you can tell the difference by looking at the reverse of the cloth; however, this is normally not an option with a quilt.