Indigo Gives America the Blues, New York


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New York Blue & White Quilts

Look at the borders on these three blue and white textiles.

Research done on New York State quilts has shown that the tree border you see on all three is a regional style, largely centered on the Hudson River Valley. The style flourished between about 1840 and 1860, and the trees depicted range from naturalistic weeping willows, like the ones on the woven coverlet in the middle, to more stylized trees like those on the two quilts. Frequently, these tree-bordered quilts were made with blue-and-white fabrics, just like the ones you see here.

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