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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

 

Quilt provides a link to an uncomfortable history


As part of a 2003 quilt show, the Yamka Valley Museum (Washington state) displayed a pretty blue-and-white vintage quilt. The pattern was one used to raise funds for the Women's Christian Temperance Union, which crusaded against alcohol and for women's rights. The quilt came with a secret, however: the white fabric used in the quilt was originally used for masks worn by Ku Klux Klan members. Historians and fiber arts experts present differing theories on why that choice of fabric was made.

Click here to read the story from Seattle NPR station KUOW's "Gone But Not Forgotten" series, or to listen to the audio.


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