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Historic Textiles of Williamsburg, VA

I recently attended a symposium on textiles for historic interiors at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. The speakers were phenomenal and I learned many new things about old things. The topics covered textiles for floors, beds, walls, windows and as used for useful household objects.

One thing I learned that I have never considered before was that fabric was precious. It was treated as a treasured item and every bit available was used. Hemming was tiny to conserve fabric and pattern match as we know today was not a priority because it used more fabric.

Enjoy these photos of reproduction textiles and decorative arts from Colonial Williamsburg.

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