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Ethnic Crafts in Michigan


Michigan is home to people with ancestral roots all over the globe. Culturally-based problems-solving methods often appear in the form of craft. Craft provides a combination of technology and artistry that meets a need, while fitting a cultural aesthetic. Layers of fabric and batting can keep the sleeper warm at night, but a quilt also delights the eye, while adding more warmth through the addition of colorful bits of decorative fabrics. Grasses can be woven together to gather a load, or sift grain, but an expertly woven basket from the proper materials is durable, beautiful and designed to achieve its purpose optimally. Enjoy the Library of Michigan's collection of books on ethnic crafts in our state.
Marsha L. MacDowell, editor
African American Quiltmaking in Michigan
MICHIGAN NK9112 .A36 1997

Flint Institute of Arts
Art of the Great Lakes Indians
MICHIGAN E78 .G7 F55 1973

Grand Rapids Public Museum
Beads: Their Use by Upper Great Lakes Indians

Harbor Springs Historical Commission
Beadwork & Textiles of the Ottawa

Clune Wash, Jr. 
Waterfowl Decoys of Michigan and the Lake St. Clair Region
MICHIGAN NK9712 .W37 1983

Yvonne R. Lockwood
Finnish American Rag Rugs
MICHIGAN TT850 .L623 2010

Marsha MacDowell, editor
Gatherings: Great Lakes Native Basket and Box Makers
MICHIGAN E98 .B3 G28 1999

C. Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell, editors
Michigan Hmong Arts: Textiles in Transition
MICHIGAN NK8878.6 .L3 M5 1983

Carrie A. Lyford
Ojibwa Crafts
MICHIGAN E99 .C6 L9 1982

Sheryl Hartman
Indian Clothing of the Great Lakes: 1740-1840
MICHIGAN E98 .C8 H37 1988

Marsha MacDowell and Ruth D. Fitzgerald, editors
Michigan Quilts: 150 Years of a Textile Tradition
MICHIGAN TT835 .M5 1987

Harbor Springs Historical Commission
Ottawa Quillwork on Birchbark

Marsha MacDowell
Stories in Thread: Hmong pictorial embroidery
MICHIGAN NK9106.4 .H56 S8 1989
Marsha MacDowell
Weaving History: A Basket Heritage Project
MICHIGAN TT879 .B3 M33 2007

J. B. Walker 
The Museum, Michigan State University, presents the exhibition, "Your wellwisher, J. B. Walker," a midwestern paper cut-out artist
MICHIGAN NK8553.5 .W34 A4 1979

Updated 11/18/21