Embroidery—Not a “Trivial Accomplishment”
January 13, 2011
More than just beautiful examples of a domestic art, embroidered samplers were a crucial tool in the education of young women and their participation in the colonial economy. A common practice in Europe, the tradition of these schoolgirl exercises came to New England with its earliest European settlers. Museum of Fine Arts Curator Pamela Parmal shares outstanding examples from the museum’s current exhibition to illuminate the connections between female education, the economy, and artistic expression in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.