The Netherlands has a long tradition of quilt making. The oldest refernces to what was called a â€˜culteâ€™ date from the 13th century, while a number of 17th century quilts have also survived in museums and private collections. These, in combination with antique bedclothes, provide a faithful impression of household textiles in the time of Rembrandt and Vermeer. The silk used for the original cultes, which were products for the aristocracy and the rich, was supplanted at the end of the Dutch Golden Age by hand-painted Indian cotton chintz, a process in which the extensive textile trade of the Dutch East India Company played a significant role. In the eighteenth century, the large quantities of chintz and European printed cotton led women to use leftover pieces of fabric to make quilts or bedcovers that display a magnificent variety of creative expression. The author considers at length the materials used, the patterns and the techniques.
This book provides a comprehensive insight into the distinctive history of Dutch quilts. It becomes clear that Dutch quilts made a contribution to the development of quilts in the United States of America. The first Dutch inhabitants of New Amsterdam, which later became New York, brought quilts with them from their mother countries in the seventeenth century. Descriptions of these quilts can still be found in the emigrants’ estate inventories that have been preserved in the New York State Archives in Albany.
The second part of the book presents a selection of 71 of the total of 380 recorded antique Dutch quilts and quilted textiles, making it possible to compare antique quilts from all over the world with those from the Netherlands. The Dutch quilts can also serve as inspiring examples for the many quilts being made everywhere today.
This book is the long-awaited, lavishly illustrated review for quilters, quilt lovers and everyone interested in textile history.
A History of Dutch Quilts is a well researched, well written book and definitely is a book for anyone interested in quilt history. This hard cover, 232 page book also has lots of beautiful photographs of stunning quilts from the 16th century forward.
I read A History of Dutch Quilts, cover to cover, and send you a huge bouquet of flowers (metaphorically speaking)! Your research is wonderful and on point, the language is spirited — what a triumph! Your contribution to international quilt history is splendid. Thank you so much for sending it. Thanks also for the mention, although it is undeserved as my role as reader was minimal. My best to you,
Kathryn Berenson, 20-01-2011
I had purchased a copy of your book in Dutch when in the Netherlands a couple of years ago, and while I loved looking at it, of course I could not read the text, which is wonderful. I think it is very important to American history and indeed to quilt history in general. You collected in one book information that I had to seek in bits and pieces in many other books. My thanks again for creating such a wonder resource.
Linda Miller, USA
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