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September 6, 2002

Wallace Museum lecture focuses on American coverlets

Kim Ivey, associate curator of textiles for Colonial Williamsburg, will present a lecture, “Lions, Tigers and More: Fancy Patterns for Fancy Coverlets,” 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. The lecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, “Made in America: Coverlets from the Collection of Foster and Muriel McCarl,” which is on view at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum through Sept. 1, 2003.

This fully illustrated lecture seeks to dispel the myths and misconceptions about coverlet weavers and illuminate the lives of the mostly middle-class Americans who purchased coverlets. Weavers were tradesmen who made a living by weaving the patterns most desired by their customers. Clients boldly proclaimed their patriotism, piety, interest in current events, and travel and design preferences through the brightly patterned coverlets they chose to grace their bedchambers. The program is included in museum admission.

The book, “American Coverlets and Their Weavers: Coverlets from the Collection of Foster and Muriel McCarl,” an illustrated guide to the coverlet collection, will be available for $39.95 in the Wallace Museum Gift Shop. Written by noted scholar and lecturer Clarita S. Anderson, the book was published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in association with Ohio University Press in conjunction with the exhibition.

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