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A Word About Amish Folk Art
Often seen as an austere group, the Amish have been creators of startlingly beautiful quilts, furniture, bookplates, dolls, and other small handcrafts.
It is the bold and dramatic use of color that makes Amish quilts so memorable. Unencumbered by the convention of "proper" color combinations, Amish women pieced pinks and reds, purples and greens, and reds and blues side by side. The results were striking, especially when done in patterns that had strength because of their simplicity.
The quilting, lavish by contrast to the relatively plain piecing design, is testimony to the love and care that usually surrounded the creation of a quilt. Much Amish folk art was made for family members and, consequently, was an expression of appreciation and affection.
One can also read the values of this religious community in other traditional handcrafts that remain. Samplers and bookplates speak of these people's respect for extended family and history. In their dolls, stuffed animals, knitted gloves, and socks is delight for children. The furniture, clean and sturdy in its lines and craftsmanship, has warm accents in its details.