Look Around Lubbock: Museum of Texas Tech "Cotton & Thrift" exhi

Look Around Lubbock: Museum of Texas Tech "Cotton & Thrift" exhibit

The "Cotton and Thrift: Feed Sacks and the Fabric of American Households" exhibit showcases the almost 6,000 examples of printed cotton sacks, likely the largest at a public institution, in the collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University.  This "free fabric" that held flour, sugar, chicken feed and other household staples was important to those during the difficult times of the early 20th century.  In the 1930s, in an effort to fight off the competition from paper sacks, the cotton manufacturers printed their bags with pretty prints.  From this fabric Americans made clothing, quilts, curtains and toys.  Many remember going with their parents to select the bags with their favorite fabrics.  The exhibit features swatches, embroidered pieces, quilts, clothing and other household items made from cotton sacks and accompanies a book written by the Museum’s Clothing and Textiles Curator, Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D. It features over 500 color images and focuses on the history and evolution of the cotton sack. The exhibit is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until December 15, 2019.

The Museum of Texas Tech University is located at 3301 4th Street, Lubbock, TX 79409. For more information visit museum.ttu.edu.

 

 

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