This pioneer work presents the rich and diverse decorative arts produced by the distinctive Mennonite communities in Europe, Pennsylvania, and Canada over a 300-year period. In his scholarly text, Clarke Hess identifies a host of newly recognized Mennonite artisans of traditional textiles and quilts, furniture, clocks, wooden boxes and carvings, metals, pottery, and fraktur. Derived from private collections throughout the United States and Canada, these colorful folk items of Mennonite families are all carefully identified and displayed in hundreds of color images. Designers, folk art collectors, dealers, and historians will covet this beautiful and fascinating book.
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IntroductionWho Are the Mennonites?
Immigration and Settlement
Prosperity and Expansion
Abraham Alsdorff Anna attributed Bachman Bamberger Barbara birds blacksmith bookplate brass Brubacher Bucher Bucks County cabinetmaker carved Catharine chest Christian Bamberger clock clockmaker clothespress Collection of Dr colorful coverlets created cross-stitch dated daughter decorated towel East Hempfield Township East Lampeter Township Elizabeth Ephrata example Fanny farm farmer fraktur fraktur art fraktur artist furniture Hersh Hershey Hess Hiestand Homespun linen Ink and watercolor iron Jacob Johannes John Bamberger Kauffman laid paper Lancaster County Lancaster Mennonite Historical Landis Lehn's Manheim Township Manor Township Mennonite families Mennonite Meetinghouse Miller Mollinger motifs Nathan Cox Nathan Cox Photography Nissley Nolt Ontario paint Palatinate Pennsylvania German Pequea Pequea Township pieces pillowslips popular Private collection produced quilt Rapho Township recorded Reist sampler Samuel schoolmaster seen in figure Stauffer stitched textiles threads traditional Vorschrift Warwick Township watercolor on laid watercolor on wove Waterloo County weaver weaving West Earl Township wife wool wove paper