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The laces of Ipswich : the art and economics of an early American industry, 1750-1840

Author: Marta Cotterell Raffel
Publisher: Hannover : University Press of New England, ©2003.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Electronic book
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Raffel, Marta Cotterell.
Laces of Ipswich.
Hannover : University Press of New England, ©2003
(DLC) 2002015336
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marta Cotterell Raffel
OCLC Number: 701548222
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 156 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The making of an American industry --
Tools of the trade --
From the most humble of tools is wrought a thing of exceptional beauty --
Ipswich lace --
The lace makers of Ipswich --
A matter of class and pride --
A tribute to those who wore Ipswich lace --
Epilogue --
To never be forgotten.
Responsibility: Marta Cotterell Raffel.



In its lace making heyday in the late eighteenth century, Ipswich, Massachusetts boasted 600 lace makers in a town of only 601 households. George Washington himself, a lace afficionado, paid a visit to Ipswich in 1789 to support its extraordinary domestic textile industry.<br /><br />While most research on lace making concentrates on its cottage origins in the seventeenth century, Marta Cotterell Raffel places the Ipswich industry squarely within the wider context of eighteenth-century manufacture, economics, and culture. Identifying what differentiates Ipswich lace from other American or European lace, she explores how lace makers learned their skills, and how they combined a traditional lace making education with attention to market-driven changes in style. Showing how the shawls, bonnets, and capes created by the lace makers often designated the social position or political affiliation of the wearer, she offers a unique and fascinating guide to our material past.<br /><br />With extensive research based on hundreds of previously unseen artifacts and documents, Raffel shows how this preindustrial labor and craft--absolutely central to the economic health of Ipswich--created and sustained forms of early American culture and shaped an entire community for several generations.<br /><br />Useful appendixes include a glossary of terms; a list of contemporary sources for supplies, lace organizations, and textile museums with lace collections; and two sample patterns with pricking and instructions.


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