Until the middle of the twentieth century, the majority of quilts from Gee's Bend were made from worn-out work clothes, a palette of old shirts, overalls, aprons and dress bottoms. As a wider variety of fabric become available in the second half of the twentieth century, work-clothes quilts became less prevalent. Yet many quilters continue to enjoy the challenge of working in a limited palette, and thicker, tougher materials. Many too appreciate the meanings encoded within the old-style remnants of heavier cotton, wool, and denim.


  • Title: Work-clothes strips
  • Creator: Loretta Pettway Bennett
  • Creator Lifespan: b. 1960
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Creator Birth Place: Gee's Bend, Alabama
  • Date Created: 2003
  • Physical Dimensions: 79 x 60 in. (200.7 x 152.4 cm)
  • Subject Keywords: Gee's Bend, Work-clothes quilt, Black art, African American art
  • Type: Quilt
  • Rights: © Loretta Pettway Bennett / Photo: Stephen Pitkin, Pitkin Studio
  • External Link: https://www.soulsgrowndeep.org/artist/loretta-pettway-bennett
  • Medium: Denim

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