Title page for ETD etd-10192005-113245

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Davis, Susan L.
URN etd-10192005-113245
Title Appalachian quilts of Floyd County, Virginia
Degree Master of Science
Department Clothing, Textiles, and Related Arts
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Boles, Joann Ferguson Committee Chair
Colaianne, Anthony J. Committee Member
Marshall, Mary Helen Committee Member
McCombs, Dorothy F. Committee Member
Zentner, Mary Ann Committee Member
  • Coverlets Virginia Floyd County.
Date of Defense 1980-05-09
Availability restricted
The purpose of the research was to study the evolution of quilts in Floyd County, Virginia, as a means of documenting the life and culture of the county natives. Both documents and relics were examined and methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis were utilized. The relics were any existing quilts made in Floyd County, while the documents included not only those in traditionally written form, but those in the unwritten form--in this case, twenty-two oral interviews. A visual instrument was developed to substantiate subject responses to interview questions.

Geographic, economic and cultural factors were shovm to have played an important part in determining the characteristics of Floyd County quilts. County aesthetic values were deternined to be closely related to nature. Design lines were moderately complex and color preferences fell in the primary and secondary color range. Due to the historic functional use of quilts, no relation was found between the women's craftsmanship and design ability.

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