Handmade, colorful seminole (florida) genuine patchwork skirt from 1950s in spring green, white, pale pink, red, medium blue, yellow, hot pink. Two full rows of patchwork: red, white & blue repeating design. Length: 35 inches, elastic waist: 36 inches unstretched (these are commonly safety-pinned by wearers to make the waist smaller), width at top: 37 inches, width at bottom hem: 84 inches. It was approximately 10 years old at that time, lightly worn. It has been stored wrapped in cotton and sealed plastic since then.
Despite being worn and washed, the red is unfaded in the patchwork designs (measuring 3 3/8 inches tall and 3 inches wide for the red-white-and blue four-corners designs in the two rows). The absence of red fading suggests that the red and some of the other fabric is poly-cotton. The texture and slight shrinkage of the white background fabric means that is likely 100 percent cotton.
Seminole patchwork skirts are beautiful simply arrayed on a wall; some collectors cover them with plexiglas or framed under glass. This patchwork skirt is discounted by 25 percent for our christmas in october sale, which ends on oct. Detailed description: there are several places (please see all photos) where the rickrack needs to be reattached (the heard museum appraiser suggested not doing this; it is a matter of collector's taste). There is also, on the back of the skirt, a 1.25 section of white, overlap seam that is not sewn down -- see photos (also easy to invisibly repair, if you wish). There is one tiny stain, about 3mm, that we could not get to show up well on photographs.
The only significant flaw is a hole in the white fabric about the size of a u. Dime just above the lower row of patchwork (second to last photo), there is sufficient overlap of white fabric inside the skirt at the seams to repair this; again the appraiser advised against a repair because many collectors prefer original condition. Thank you for visiting kozmicbluescollection where we offer hard-to-find collectibles for you.