Weaving Pattern:
Poor Man's Damask

Poor Man's Damask weaving pattern
Poor Man's Damask weaving example

The pattern name of this black and white image is a variation of Poor Man's Damask and is similar to another pattern known as Queen's Delight. The back of this photograph is marked: "No.17 Sugar Loaf, Union Co., Tenn. Probably previous to 1810." The source of the pattern names is unknown. 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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