quilt with lush colors and a pattern with squares and diamonds

Double Nine Patch (detail)ca. 1930. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Wool

Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown

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This exhibition features approximately 48 full-size and crib quilts dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. Quilts made by girls and women of various Amish communities in Pennsylvania and the Midwest are visual distillations of their way of life. The Amish faith embodies the principles of simplicity, humility, discipline, and community, but their quilts are anything but humble. Using a rich color palette and bold patterns, these quilts are truly a unique contribution to American textile history. The quilts highlight the beauty and complexity of the abstract patterns.

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