Is it a MYSTERY to you?...
How far back in history could we find the art of
Now, when someone says the word
"quilting" in history...
what do YOU see?
Would it be American Pioneers?
Or..maybe a little bit before that...in Europe?
Indo-Portuguese silk quilt, early 17th century
But...maybe you didn't picture this....
as part of the history of quilting?
A superb quilted travelling costume.
more info click HERE
Quilting actually goes WAY back!
But, maybe just not as you might have pictured it.
What do you think...does it go as far back...
DARK (or middle) AGES...
approximately 500 - 1500 A.D./C.E.?
If you said
YOU are....COE-rect-a MUNDO!
Most of what we know is things seen in paintings,
artwork/drawings/sculptures, because most of the
garments didn't last thru time...
Please click HERE
to view a painting depicting quilted garments.
Quilting was introduced to Europe in the
11th century when English and French Crusaders,
venturing into the Holy Land,
encountered Saracen foot soldiers who wore
straw-filled, quilted canvas shirts
in lieu of armor. Saracen horsemen used
quilted silk undershirts to keep their armor from chafing.
In ancient Chinese, Russian, and Mesoamerican Indian cultures,
quilted attire was worn for warmth as well as protection.
Whether these cultures learned of quilting through
friendly trade, unfriendly invasion, or whether each
developed its own form independently, is not clear.
But...that's not as far back it goes...NOPE!
Can YOU guess the time period when the first
known quilted garment was found?
The earliest known quilted garment
is on the carved ivory figure of a Pharaoh
of the Egyptian First Dynasty about
(Yep...just click HERE if you don't believe me)
WOW! gosh-almighty! that's a loooong time ago!
So...now, when you think of
Quilting in History...
will you see the same pictures in your mind as
you did at the beginning of this post?
Were you surprised at how
long ago quilting was part of life?
You are probably wondering...
when are we gonna get on with the
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Sept 10th midnight (MT time)
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