During my visit to the University Museum of Texas Southern, I encountered on many interesting quilts containing lots of history of our culture.It surprised me that the quality of the quilts was so good, it showed how durable the quilts have been after so many years.It was amazing in how the quilts were precisely designed with different color schemes and different color variations.In addition with the quilts having much variation, the quilts also had much variety and history.
During the visit, the woman who guided us through the museum enlightened our heads with much interesting knowledge about the history of the quilts.She told us that back then, women (African American) made quilts for everyday use out of scraps, discarded clothing, and feed stacks.It was said that the African American woman made the quilts as a story of their life patterns or as a link to the African American roots.Quilt historians say that black women made their quilts in the same styles that were popular with the general population during any given period.It was also said that the economic status determined what kind of quilts the women made.If you were poor women, you had to deal with scraps and discarded clothing.It is now found that, overall, the African American quilters quilts range from African influence, to those based on traditional styles.
I came upon a lot of beautiful, well-made quilts.I had a couple of favorites, but my overall favorite piece of art was the John Biggers mural, which was astonishing.It was said that John Biggers (the founder of the TSU school of art) spent well over a year on that piece.Some of my favorite quilts were, "Let's take a Nap" by Phillis Harris and "Britches" by Lettie North.Britches was a quilt that consisted of old scraps of pants, which some patches contained the original stone washed jeans.Let's take a Nap, my favorite, was a quilt with an African American bo…