The old Amish order is known for their devotion to God and communiy, avoidance of technology, plain clothing, and the Pennsylvania Dutch language. But Amish culture is also one of America's enduring culture of makers—farmers, canners, seamstresses, crafters, painters, and quilters. "Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown" at the de Young (through June 6) displays 48 full-sized crib quilts made between 1880 and 1940 that exemplify the traditional Amish style of bold colors and patterns. This may seem antithetical to the modesty and simplicity of Amish traditions until you take a close look and consider the meticulous craftmanship and the complexity of the beautiful handiwork. Those familiar with Amish crafts will even recognize many of the patterns.
Jan 14, 2010