Coverlet - ROM2004_873_5

ROM2004_873_5

Coverlet

Maker: Samuel Fry (Canadian weaver in Vineland ON, 1812 - 1881)
Medium:Twill diaper weave in coloured wool
Geography: Clinton Township, Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada
Date: c. 1860
Dimensions:
211 x 199 cm
Object number: 955.80.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Burnham
Not on view
Description

This striking coverlet was woven by the expert Canadian professional weaver, Samuel Fry. The Fry family were Pennsylvania-German Mennonites who came to Canada early in the 19th century. They sent their son, Samuel, back to be trained as a weaver. Twill diaper, as this weave is known, was used there for both table linens and bedcoverings and Fry would have learned how to weave this during his apprenticeship. This pattern would have required a loom with sixteen shafts and is formed by the contrast of warp floats (red) and weft floats (dark blue). Reverse twill, all wool.

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