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Alabama Quilt History: Alabama Cotton and Bemis Bags
October 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Feedsack quilts represent the artistic expression of American women in a distinctive textile era, 1930‒1960, when such bed coverings were created from colorful, patterned fabrics that started out as feed or flour sacks. Many of these textile bags had their genesis in the cotton fields of Alabama because Bemis Bro. Bag Company, the largest textile bag manufacturer in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century, operated a cotton mill and bag plant in Bemiston, Alabama.
On Thursday, October 3 the Irondale Library welcomes historian Sarah Bliss Wright. She will trace the evolution of cotton bags from a rural-household convenience, to a Depression Era necessity, to a wartime way of life, to an urban re-purposing fad.