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Coverlet

Type: For the Bed
Object Name: Coverlet
Local Name: couvre boutonné
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Quebec, Charlevoix County
Period: Early to mid 20th century
Date: 1920 - 1940
Dimensions: L 264 cm x W 166 cm
Materials: Wool; cotton
Techniques: Plain woven; boutonné
ID Number: T92.0202
Credit: Gift of Dr. Howard Gorman

Coverlets such as this were made using weft-loop weaving, or boutonné, a patterning technique commonly used in Quebec to add colourful designs to decorate plain tabby weaving. The coverlets were inspired by 19th century all-white tufted cotton counterpanes imported from Britain, but the French-Canadian versions became beautiful distinctive textiles. To create the pattern, an extra weft of colourful wool yarn was pulled by hand to form loops on the face of the weave.