Shaker Weaving with an Emphasis on Rugs

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Many are familiar with Shaker chairs or buildings, but the Shakers also applied their fundamental principles of utility, simplicity and proportion to textiles. They are known for weaving poplar strips into cloth for baskets, bonnets and fans, utilitarian cloth for their own use, heavy fulled wool fabric for the Dorothy cloaks they wore and sold, and simple but unique rag rugs that still delight hand weavers today. We will consider hand woven textiles from several Shaker museums, with a special focus on the unique aspects of Shaker rugs.

two shaker weavers sitting at a large loom and weaving


Headshot of speaker Melissa Weaver Dunning

Melissa Weaver Dunning

Our time: 8:59am UTC