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Needlework Pillowcase

Object Details

Date
Between 1950-1959
Medium
cotton, embroidered
Dimensions
33 5/16 × 22 7/16 in. (84.6 × 57 cm)
Cite As
Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Theresa Allen
Caption
In the mid-twentieth century, handmade goods began taking on new significance amidst an increasingly industrialized and consumer-oriented society. This cotton pillowcase features two kinds of needlework along its scalloped edge. Embroidery and eyelet create a daisy-like pattern that follows the scallop’s contours, while crocheted lace forms a filigree border. The texture, rather than color, of the embroidery and lace contrasts with the pillowcase, as all are in shades of cream. In addition to offering homemade touches to interior décor, linens also served as emblems of respectability and upstanding citizenship. Pillowcases like this one crafted by Therese Withington Ford are among the textiles (2008.0002.0006a-i) made by the college-educated African American women of the Ford family to adorn their Jersey City, NJ home.
Accession Number
2008.0002.0006h
Type
pillowcase
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8b9e23677-3911-4882-b1f9-0e6935825619
Record ID
acm_2008.0002.0006h
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