Overshot coverlet - ROM2008_9908_8


Overshot coverlet

Medium:Cotton and wool supplementary weft-patterned tabby
Geography: Hillsburgh, Wellington county, Ontario, Canada
Date: c. 1840
206 x 172 cm
Object number: 941.32
Credit Line: Gift of Florence Mackinnon
Not on view

Overshot employs a supplementary pattern weft which skips or "overshoots" the woven structure, usually tabby. These four-shaft coverlets were more popular than all other types of bedcovers made in North America. Outside the areas where the French Canadian weaving tradition dominated, overshot coverlets and pieced quilts were the main decorative bed furnishings. This is the first Canadian coverlet to enter the ROM collection. Its acquisition initiated an important new field of research, the Ontario Textile Project.

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