I made it back from the cabin a bit before noon, and I’ve spent all day on computer work and filling book orders.
I just now looked up at the clock and I can’t believe it is as late as it is!
I nearly forgot that our drawing for the 1775 reproduction Palampore by Mary Koval is supposed to happen tonight.
((And no, there was no nap!))
But here I am and ready to roll! Just who will our lucky winner be?
According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, of all the exported textiles to arrive in England and Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries perhaps the most spectacular were the painted and dyed cotton bedcovers and wall hangings called palampores.
An investment in fabric of this quality was a sign of wealth and success; families would display them prominently as curtains, wall-hangings or bedcoverings.
The name palampore means bedspread or coverlet. These extraordinarily large cotton panels with their vividly-colored, life-sized flowering trees were coveted for their beauty and as a status symbol.
This reproduction is an excellent example of a typical Palampore hand painted in England ca. 1775.
As usual it combines a complex and elaborate design depicting a wide variety of plants, flowers and birds. The “tree of life” motif is typical of most palampores and is used as a symbol to celebrate birth, marriage and special occasions.
This original Palampore comes from the extensive archives of Mary Koval, and accompanies the"Tree of Life"Collection also by Mary Koval.
Are you ready, oh Random Number Generator? Fire it up! We had 689 comments from people who are eager to be drawn as winner!
Who is #689??
Sally from South Carolina!!
Sally, I’m dropping you a note to let you know you’ve won. Get back to me with your snail mail address so I can send it over to Mary and she will get that gorgeous Palampore off to you!
Thanks everyone for participating. We’ll have some other fun giveaways in the near future – just hang around long enough and one will come your way!
There is no sewing happening here now that I am home…it’s computer work all the way until I head for Missouri next Wednesday….slow that clock down, please! There is too much to do and not enough time to do it all justice!
Have a great evening, everyone!