Weaving Pattern:
Catalpa Flower 2


This color image is a close-up of a weave pattern known as Catalpa Flower, a name likely derived from its resemblance, real or imagined, to the flower of the Catalpa, or Catawba, tree that is native to the southern region of the United States. See also SHCG_FLG5_1_25. The back of this photograph is marked: "No.14, Calalpu Flower, McDowell Co NC, " an incorrect spelling written by the transcriber. Another name for this pattern is Work Complete. Coverlet pattern names were never standardized thus a variation in pattern name is quite common from state to state and region to region. Frances Goodrich, founder of Allanstand Cottage Industries, collected the photograph. Goodrich's work reviving traditional weaving in the mountains of western North Carolina during the late 1890s and early 1900s led her to collect weaving patterns much in the same way that others of that era were collecting mountain songs. Goodrich kept extensive records of the weave patterns and variations that she came across in her travels. Her research may have provided background for or influenced what was woven and sold through her Allanstand Cottage Industries.


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