Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bands of Patterns and Color

 I didn't have much time
to search for quilt shops or even
to do much stitching during my little R & R.

This trip was more about
 visiting with our daughter Kate and
having fun.

This is who Kate works for:
She is the Collection Manager
overseeing the preservation and
 curating the Seminole Tribe of Florida's 
archaeological collections. 

So while we were there
she invited us to attend
a very special ceremony.

It was the installation of the first judges
for the tribe.

It was held near the Council Tree.
This awesome enormous oak tree is
 located in Hollywood, Fl.

The ceremony was attended by people representing
all of the clans of the tribe.

And what a special treat to be surrounded by
everyone wearing their 
beautiful traditional Seminole patchwork.

Men's shirts with colorful
symmetrical patterns.

Small intricate pieces carefully stitched
and then sewn together with other
bands of pattern and lots of tiny rick rack trim.

Look at all the different designs included in
these beautiful skirts.

Each of these patterns begin with strips of fabric
sewn together to create a strata of color.
This larger piece is then cut into different width increments
to create smaller segments.

These in turn are repositioned
and stitched into patterns.
 I don't know how someone is able to sew on
all of that rick rack so straight.  Beautiful.

These patterns have
 many different names
such as alligator tracks, panther eye,
 diamond back and scared fire.

At the ceremony, there were lots of preschool
children all wearing  their beautiful clothing.

This little girl wanted green shiny fabric
and this little boy must love 
Mater and Lightening McQueen
from the movie "Cars"

There was a recent exhibit at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum 
 called "It's Not a Costume -  Modern Seminole Patchwork"

Co-curator, Rebecca Fell said,
"We're focusing on the idea of everyday wear and the 
importance of patchwork to culture and history-
that is what ties all of the pieces together.

But our real emphasis for non-Tribal visitors is to
help them understand that the clothing is not a costume.
It is what is worn as part of daily life."

"Patchwork is for everyday wear.
It's Seminole fashion. 
 It's identity."

Until Next Time-


  1. Fascinating! I am amazed at the work in their clothing. What beauty and intricacy!
    Thank you for enlightening us and sharing their wonderful skills in keeping their heritage alive!

  2. Those skirts are beautifully worked! So interesting - thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow! What an amazing post. I've read basic things about seminole piecing in books but to see it used in these beautiful clothes is something else. Rebecca's comment about the it being clothing, not costume is such a great point to make.

  4. What an interesting post - and an education! Seeing these beautiful skirts inspired me to google more seminole - the patterns are astonishing and look quite a challenge to construct! I guess the rick rack gives the skirts the added body and shape. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I meant to add...your lovely daughter must have a very satisfying and worthwhile job - so nice you could share in it with her.

  6. Very, very pretty! Love those skirts...what a fun job your dear daughter has!!

  7. I'm so glad you got to come and visit! :)

  8. what a nice trip. Your daughter looks like she has an interesting job.
    Love those colorful clothes!

  9. Gorgeous examples of Seminole piecing - as a quilter, you know the amount of work involved in their clothing. Thank you for sharing this! Always times to be treasured when visiting with the kids!!

  10. Your daughter has such an interesting job and what a treat for you to see all the beautiful Seminole patchwork.