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Mosaic Textiles: In Search of the Hexagon

05/16/2003 - 10/27/2003
Musee des Traditions et Arts Normands au Chateau de Martainville (France)

Two exciting patchwork exhibitions "In Search of Hexagon" occurred in venues in Normandy near Rouen, France (opening date: May 16, 2003).

The first, an exhibition of historical patchwork pieces with the hexagon motif included examples from various countries of the Western world (France, United Kingdom, United States, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, Norway). These "Mosaiques d'etoffes" ('fabric mosaics' in English), to quote the historical term used to designate them in the past, in French-speaking countries date from the early 1800s to the 1930s, and have never been gathered together by a museum in France or anywhere else in the world.

At the same time in the nearby regional museum, le Musee Industriel de La Corderie Vallois, there was an exhibition of contemporary hexagon quilts selected by France Patchwork (The French Quilt Guild).

 Shelly Zegart's foreword for the exhibition catalog (in French).

 Extract from the Mosaiques d'etoffes: table of contents, introduction and forword, as well as the section "Quilt Tradition in the USA" (in French).

 Janine Janniere's article "An Important Discovery of French Patchwork" (The Antiques Magazine, December 1995).

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