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Patchwork Inspired Watch


Price: $28.95
Item Number: 5968
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Seminole Patchwork
Patchwork is made of different colored cloth torn into strips and then sewn together to make long bands of geometric patterns and designs. The strips are then joined horizontally to other bands of colored cloth to assemble the body of the garment. The most intricate designs need to be cut and re-sewn many times.
Seminole patchwork has a history dating to the late 1800s.  Around 1900, the introduction of hand-cranked sewing machines revolutionized Seminole clothing design and prompted women to begin experimenting with strips of colorful cotton fabric bought at local trading posts. By 1916, Seminole and Miccosukee women in the Everglades and Big Cypress had developed a new and distinctive style of clothing known as patchwork (Ta-wee-kaa-che in Mikasuki, Se-mo-hv-ta-la-kv in Creek.)
 
The design on this watch strap is adapted from a man’s vest in the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s collection (accession number 1990.2)