HistoryWired About the Program Help Comments Smithsonian Institution
back
Seminole Crafts

The Florida Seminoles are best known for the patchwork designs made with intricate bands of multicolored, geometric pieces of cotton fabric. Prior to the introduction of the sewing machine by white traders to the isolated Florida Seminoles, their garments were decorated with plain bands and appliqué work. The sewing machine made it possible for the development of the patchwork technique employed by the Seminoles, allowing them to employ a multitude of new design patterns for their clothes and eventually create opportunities to commercially market their clothes outside, which provided incomes for many poor Indian families.

 



Start HistoryWired | About the Program | Help | Comments

Smithsonian Institution | Terms of Use | Privacy