Seminole, Native American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

From the early nineteenth century, Seminole women have been highly esteemed for their distinctive patchwork compositions and design skills. They implement mathematical and geometric techniques to create complex designs of contrasting cloth strips that are hand sewn into elaborately styled clothing for men and women. The brightly colored applique patterns reference communal Seminole stories, natural elements, and landscapes, including fire, rain, wind, and mountains. These visual and material expressions affirm ongoing connections to land, water, and local environments.

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