Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gees Bend Basketweave Oversized 44" Square Scarf
This eye-catching basket-weave pattern comes from a textile crafted in 1973 by Nettie Jane Kennedy (American, 1916–2002) and now in The Met collection. The skilled Gee's Bend quilter playfully interrupts the motif's uniformity with pops of green and a dynamic border of yellows, blues, and florals, lending a touch of spontaneity to this mesmerizing design.
About the Craftswomen of Gee's Bend, Alabama
The extraordinary craftswomen of Gee's Bend, Alabama, have nurtured the art of quilting since the 19th century. Women enslaved on the cotton plantation established by Joseph Gee initiated the practice out of necessity for warmth, and it burgeoned into a tradition passed down through the generations. Astonishing in their originality, each abstract quilt interweaves history and narrative, resourcefulness and innovation.