Beyond the Trend: Patchwork

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From early Egyptian wall hangings to makeshift quilts during the Great Depression, patchwork designs have been around for a while (5,500 years, to be exact). A tactic used to fuse different textiles together into one garment, patchwork has historically meant warmth and protection while also being synonymous with the ornate and decorous. Quilting with patches was once a female bonding activity, but when the ’60s hippie culture infiltrated the fashion world, consumers saw patchwork as anything from a rejection of mass production to an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Here, CR chronicles the lifespan of patchwork, from its early days to its triumph over the fashion mainstream.

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