It is without question that many cultures dating as far back as the 1600s would make, sell or trade their craftsman works. Quilts were famous for the ladies to work on. In the early days, knowing how to quilt was not only for a hobby, but it provided the family warmth through rough winters as homes were not built strong enough or with proper materials to hold the elements from harsh weather out.
Quilting has come a long way since colonial times when life was so busy that women would simply cut flowers and or designs out of pieces of fine fabric and then sew them to a sturdier type of material. As time went on, the progress of how to sew a quilt together kept changing. Pattern style quilting became popular. This style consists of many blocks of fabric sewn together and then appliqued in a patterned look to stronger backing that would then be filled in between with insulated material.
It has also been discussed through history about quilting becoming not only a necessity but also, an economic resource for the women and her family. Women in Colonial or Victorian times were also known as “quilting bees.” This was because the tedious work that went into making a quilt would prompt the women or a woman and her daughters to work on a quilt together.
Similarities in Today’s Amish and Native American Cultures
As mentioned earlier, quilting was for every ethnicity within the human culture. The American Indian culture loved symbols because they expressed their emotions or secrets. The most used symbol for the Native American Indian was in forms of different animals. However, anything could carry a meaningful symbol: Fire, water, arrows, and handprints, are some common examples of symbols Native Americans would use and apply to their quilt making talent.
Further on into the 18th century, the Amish made their way to American soil. They soon picked up some of the traditional American pioneer’s ways of life. The Amish women took up quilting and formed a gathering of women to work on Amish quilts which were simple in design. Basic colors were used, and then later single unique designs were added. As Amish are still, today, extremely religious, they keep their quilt designs unique to their way of life and worship.
Today, there still exist old culture ways of life. Amish are still around, and for the most part, live as they did in the 18th century. Also, there are Tribal Native American communities that keep history alive as well, people who still depend on their quilt making skills to thrive in a modern-day world. As we have moved into a world full of technology and modern-day decoration, it has been easy to lose the value of the ways of living which used to make home a treasured commodity. Delving into historical facts and realizing not all has been lost through the years is truly a pleasurable feeling to have.