SUBJECT: Textiles - Featherbeds, Shawls, other. #ukraine


Deborah Glassman <dgg2020@...>
 

I read that there were identifiable patterns in the shawls that Jewish women
wore for daily wear and marketing in the Russian Pale. That these were worn
by Jewish women and not the local Ukrainian or Belorussian or Lithuanian,
etc. women; That you can see these shawls in the city scenes of the late
nineteenth century but since people dressed up for individual and family
portraits you will not see them there. Does anybody know a resource that
might tell me if the shawls were differentiated by region, patterns that
were more popular in one area than in another? I wouldn't know what I was
looking at if they survived.

Featherbeds fill my family stories. The ones made by the
great-great-grandmother that had to be abandoned soaking wet and too heavy
to carry, as the family snuck across a boarder. The ones that a half dozen
kids on a Russian bed-stove snuggled under while the oldest girl told great
stories. The ones used in the US to turn a Trinity house (3 single rooms on
3 floors in Philadelphia) into housing for huge numbers of people who rolled
up the featherbeds every morning to make room. So learning that a featherbed
was like a thick duvet or comforter I was left with the question, were there
typical quilt covers? Did Jews >from an area use the same patterns as the
non-Jewish population? How were they made? Do these look like American
country quilts or something else entirely? Any on-line pictures?

When my kids were little, my Mom had a schmatte box for them. Long gloves
and high heels for dress up, and long bits of cloth they could fashion into
something else. There was a set of woven dresser cloths that were kept whole
but used lots of ways. I was more than a little disturbed when fifteen years
later that I found those particular cloths had belonged to my mother's
great-great-grandmother AnnaBelle Weiss Forman of Chigirin and Cherkassy
Ukraine and of Philadelphia. How could Mom let the kids play with them! But
the question is how would I find out if they were an early purchase in the
United States or if they were made in Europe?

Does anybody have info on the likelihood that the baggage of immigrants
included a tradesman's tools? Did a carpenter in Russia trust that he could
get all new tools in America? Would a shoemaker have brought anything
related to his trade?

Thanks for all help, leads, and suggestions
Deborah Glassman
Elkins Park PA

Researching SOLOMONs >from Khmelnik, Krasnopolye, and Chudnov; FELDMANs from
Khmelnik; the families of Rabbi Avrum Dov of Khmelnik, Rabbi Jacob Israel
Halprin of Khmelnik, and Rabbi Abraham David Zabarska of Ostropol. KLEIMANs,
FORMANs, WEISS and ZURAWSKY >from Bralov, Chigirin, and Cherkassy.

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