We explore Seminole Indian Patchwork. The Seminole Tribe of Florida adopted the colorful clothing shortly before 1920.
Designs used on women’s skirts today are extremely intricate. It’s a technique that has been passed down from generation to generation and now there’s a commercial market for it.
Seminole patchwork is a creative source of cultural pride and artistic achievement.
Our guests are several women who make, teach, wear and show Seminole patchwork.
Wanda Bowers runs the annual Miss Florida Seminole Princess Pageant. The pageant is aimed at preserving traditional culture.
Jacki Lyden put this all together for us because the longtime NPR reporter and host is now producing a fashion podcast and NPR series called The Seams. Seminole Indian patchwork has been the topic of two recent stories and three upcoming stories.
In this installment of Treasures from the Vault (below), Greg Palumbo shows us some patchwork pieces from the Ah-tah-thi-ki Museum collection.