Collaborative Exhibition Special Program

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Woven History: Revisited

When: Thursday, August 10, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 1 PM
Where: Zoom
Cost: Donations Welcomed

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the book: Woven History, author Rabbit Goody, internationally-known textile historian, and the owner and designer at Thistle Hill Weavers, a mill that specializes in creating 17th, 18th, and 19th-century historic reproduction fabrics, will discuss the factors that influenced the design of Long Island coverlets and what makes them special.

Goody will reexamine how the similar motifs seen on Long Island coverlets for decades were highly influenced by Long Island’s status as an island, in stark contrast to the rapidly evolving coverlet designs in other parts of New York State where weavers and their customers prized innovation over tradition.

This event is presented by the Huntington Historical Society and Preservation Long Island as part of the programming for their collaborative textile exhibits:

Blanket Statements explores the development of Long Island’s professional textile industry and the broader historical events that shaped its growth during the first half of the nineteenth century.

From Farm to Fabric: Early Woven Textiles on Long Island, looks closely at the materials, technology, and design of woven textiles produced in the home and in small-scale professional workshops across Long Island from the late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth century

Rabbit Goody’s Book:

Woven History: The Technology and Innovation of Long Island Coverlets, 1800-1860

Long Island was at the forefront of coverlet production during the early 19th century. This original work from our collection, published thirty years ago, provides an in-depth exploration of local mills and weavers, loom technology, and regional coverlet designs.