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Woman Is A Quilt For millennia women through out the world have spent their spare time making quilts A quilt is a bed covering or garment that consists of three layers of fabric A top the batting and the backinglining In Raymond Bials With Needle and Thread He states the first known depiction of quilting is from 3400 BC and features an Egyptian pharaoh wearing a quilted garment Bial 18 It is believed decorative quilting came to Europe from Asia during the Crusades AD 1100-1300 because the textile arts were more developed in China and India then in the West Until the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s women raised sheep for wool and grew flax and cotton Bial 18 From these sources were made thread and fabric for sewing clothing bed linen and quilts Because they had to make their own fabric it was a precious commodity therefor sewing was an essential skill Women of America put their quilts to good use as warmth and wrapping for treasured items in wagons and traveled west on the Oregon Trail Despite societys restraints and many other hardships of pioneer life the women managed to craft beautiful quilts Bial 20 Settler women gathered for quilting bees where they would sit around a large quilt frame and talk while stitching for many this was the only social interaction available From the American Civil War to present day women have used quilts as vehicles for remembrance statements for change and artistic expression Wives made quilts to give to soldiers or raffled them for charities Political statements have often been depicted such as the Slave Chains pattern sewn by Union women in protest of slavery To support abolition The Womens Christian Temperance Union used a pattern called the Drunkards Path in their quilts Bial 28 Some African-Americans made Story quilts in remembrance of their history and heritage The AIDS Memorial Quilt has helped stir public awareness
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