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African textiles and quilting developed in Africa will over 1000 years ago When the Africans came over to the United States for the slave trade many African traditions combined with American traditions Their combined ideas were passed down from generation to generation thus preserving many African textiles traditionsTorrey 517 Afro-American quilts are mad by piecing cut out shapes on a larger fabric called an applique Afro-American quilts are characterized by strips bright colors large designs multiple patterns asymmetry and improvisation All design principles with roots in African textile techniques and cultural traditions517 For the Afro-Americans who grew up in the time when there was no social security quilted to survive and stay busy Quilts are made by having tiny pieces of cloth sewn together to make a bigger piece Each piece has a different meaning Quilts can show a map of a family Each piece tells a story about someones history A patch is a fragment It is a vestige of wholeness that stands as a sign of loss and a challenge to creative designBaker 706 The piece shows someones struggle or what someone went through in their time Many families used the scraps from old clothing they just could not throw away Times were rough for many black families in the South Many of them could not read or write The only way they could keep some type of record of a family was to quiltIn Alice Walkers story Everyday Use Dee wanted to hang the quilts up for display but her sister wanted to keep the quilts maybe for use The quilts were promised to Maggie when she gets married but Dee says Maggie cant appreciate these quilts Shed probaly be backward enough to put them to everyday useWalker 401 Dee thinks the quilts are priceless401 because they were made back many years ago Dee makes the mistake of believing that ones heritage is something that one puts on display if and when
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