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Pocahontas Quilt
about 1900

Made by a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe
Pocahontas Virginia Gay, a seventh-generation descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, made this silk and cotton quilt at Mill Farm, her Fluanne, VA home. "Aunt Poca," as she was known, was about 70 years old at the time. The appliqued and embroidered cover consists of 36 squares, each of which features a cut-out and appliqued motif of Pocahontas, Captain John Smith, John Rolfe, Powhatan, and various animals, flowers, and birds. Silk embroidery in a range of stitches outlines each of the squares.

Notes
68" long x 66" wide
Pocahontas Virginia Gay (about 1830-about 1922)
Web display only

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· Pocahontas Virginia Gay
· "Quilts, Counterpanes & Throws," , an NMAH Virtual Exhibit

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