Tuesday, September 08, 2015

It’s Give-Away Time! 1775 Palampore!

Hey, everyone!

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?

This reproduction “palampore” is drawn from a vintage example of a very popular and fine type of fabric from the 18th century.

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!

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  1. I am glad to now know the difference between a coverlet and a quilt, I always thought it was just a different name for the same thing.

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  3. Congratulations to Sally from S. Carolina, I am sure it will eventually speak to you. :)   Post a picture when it does.

  4. Congratulations, Sally! It will be fun to see what it tells you to make with it. I hope it isn't silent for long. Be sure to send Bonnie a photo when it is finished. Bonnie, thanks for offering this, and tell Mary thanks for giving it to us!

  5. I am Sally from South Carolina! But, alas, not the winning Sally from South Carolina. Sigh. I got excited there for a moment. That wasn't my email nor my comments......oh.......

  6. Anonymous9:31 AM EDT

    I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!! I am just over-the-moon. Gobsmacked, as my Aussie friends would say. I still don't know what I will do with this amazing textile, but I will indeed love it and talk to it and look for guidance as it hangs on the design wall one day soon. Thank you, Bonnie and Mary. Your generosity and creative spirits shine as an example for us all. Oh, and "other Sally from SC", I'm sorry for your disappointment. Maybe you should visit Aiken and help me carve a plan for this beauty. By then my happy dance may look less like seizures..... Maybe. Thanks, everyone! Sally in AIKEN, SC.

  7. Hey Sally in Aiken, sc! I am Sally in Mt Pleasant sc! I think you are the Sally that so kindly included me in Bonnie's workshop in Aiken a few years ago! It's a small world! I hope you enjoy your prize. It is beautiful!


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