Harriet Powers’ Pictorial Quilt


Harriet Powers’ Pictorial Quilt

Powers blended textile art techniques from the Fon of Dahomey and European quilting methods to create her unique quilts.

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Kidd, Sue Monk. Invention of Wings. Viking, 2014.
Kidd’s novel about the abolitionist Grimke sisters includes discussions about Fon pictorial techniques.

Lyons, Mary. Stitching the Stars: The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers. Atheneum, 1993.
This children’s picture book highlights Powers’ Fon-inspired  story quilts.