The History Center in Tompkins County has announced “Knot Sew Fast: Patchwork of Tompkins County,” a new exhibit on textile and fabric arts, set to open on February 3rd.
In addition to historic quilts displayed from four of the nine townships of Tompkins County, there will be interactive pattern making stations in the Exhibit Hall; where attendees can try their hand at replicating patterns from ancestral woven Haudenosaunee belts to modern-day art quilts.
Quilts are a unique measure to explore history as the practice of quilting was a skill developed and practiced equally by historic Ithacan city-dwellers, as well as the rural township communities of Trumansburg, Groton, Dryden, Lansing, Caroline, Newfield, and Danby. The merging of this functional skill, and the hundreds of hours and handwork displayed in each quilt shares narratives about community, history, home, and skilled labor.
“Knot Sew Fast” will encourage a slower recognition of the diversity of textiles and patterns, as well as the hands and minds that created them. The exhibit will be on display from February 3rd, 2023 through mid-August 2023.
The History Center is located within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. For more information, visit their website.