Weaving Pattern:
Granite State


The pattern name of this black and white image is Granite State, also known as Doors and Windows No. 2. The back of this photograph is marked: "No.29. Granite State, Swungey [?], Cheshin Co., N.H." The words ‘Swungey' and ‘Cheshin' are likely incorrect spellings written by the transcriber that should read "Swanzey, Cheshire Co., N. H." One of the nicknames for New Hampshire is the Granite State named for the extensive granite formations and quarries; thus the pattern name may come from this association. Coverlet pattern names were never standardized so 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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