Revival of Palampores
While professional quilters and workshops existed throughout the 1700s, many women did their own quilting. While there were quilt gatherings—quilting bees—women with particularly high standards often preferred to quilt a textile themselves.
Though the addition of batting and stitching to a palampore indicates that it was meant to be functional, it was also a status symbol. Many quilts served this dual purpose: a woman could justify spending many hours creating a quilt because it was useful, but it could also be her masterpiece.
Palampores are enjoying a revival as evidenced by the palampore-inspired fabrics found in quilt shops and bedding stores. “Fashion revisits past trends on a periodic basis,” Carolyn says. “Some designs are timeless.”
To learn more about the IQSCM’s extensive collection of more than 2,300 quilts and the history behind them, visit quiltstudy.org.
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