Early Swedish Folk Weavings

Category: Exhibitions,Lectures

Exhibition

The American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia hosts an exhibition ‘Swedish Folk Weavings for Marriage, Carriage, and Home 1750-1840’ through 22 September 2024. The exhibition is developed in collaboration with Wendel and Diane Swan whose collection is primarily featured in the exhibition.

The majority of the Swedish weavings featured in the exhibition were done by women living on farms in southern Sweden where skill in weaving and textile production was considered an important resource to bring to a household. While the decline of this textile tradition happened as farming life changed, the cushions and pillows became ‘Sunday Culture’ appearing only Sundays and special occasions rather than every day. This preserved their bright colors and delicate structures.

Embroidered agedyna (bench cushion), undated, with polychrome segmented medallions, hearts, crosses, and floral motifs. Collection of Wendel and Diane Swan.
Embroidered agedyna (bench cushion), undated, with polychrome segmented medallions, hearts, crosses, and floral motifs. Collection of Wendel and Diane Swan.

Virtual lecture

The American Swedish Historical Museum will also host a virtual lecture ‘Early Swedish Folk Weavings’ by Wendel Swan 1 May 2024 at 1.00 pm EDT. Wendel Swan, who has loaned more than 50 rare and exemplary textiles for the current exhibition will discuss the historical background of Scandinavian weavings since the Viking era and the weaving techniques of Swedish textiles that were produced for personal household use in the relatively small Skåne region of Sweden. The lecture is free, but registration is required here: www.americanswedish.org/events/free-virtual-lecture-wendel-swan-early-swedish-folk-weavings.

Location and more information: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA



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