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A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories

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A Communion of the Spirits" represents the first national survey of African-American quiltmakers. It is also a personal record of how Rolland L. Freeman's life has intertwined with the world of quiltmaking for almost sixty years--"as an African-American male; as a child who was deeply influenced by the cultural traditions and magical powers of quilts; and, for more than th ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: visual-arts, textiles
Freeman's project to document African-American quiltmaking in the United States is an ambitious one. He begins with his own history, how the women in his extended family exposed him to both quiltmaking and its magic. Eventually he ends up as a photographer exploring the folkways of Mississippi, and his interest in quilts begins to take over. He ends up moving beyond Mississippi to the rest of the country, and the world.

There are some interesting stories here, but finally, it seems too much for o
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Quilters, historians, ethnographers, people who enjoy folk art
A COMMUNION OF SPIRITS, African American Quilters, Preservers and Their Stories, in honor of fiber artists of every time & place, some who created masterpieces from discarded feed sacks & beat cotton they themselves picked from fields to make batting for their quilts. The author, Roland Freeman, shares fond memories of being wrapped in his family's quilts as a child, which fed his love for them & led to his project of documenting quilts as part of the USA story. As much a historical ...more
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