1960s Mountain Artisans Patchwork Velvet Maxi Skirt

 

 

 

The craft of quilting has been a part of our country's traditions since the 1800s, although with the advent of computerized sewing machines and serger, it has become more mechanized and less of an art. In the late 1960s, the women of the Appalachian mountains brought a time honored way of life to the attention of the fashion world through their simple quilting collective, Mountain Artisans.  The women worked their collective tails off quilting fabrics for designers like Oscar de la Renta and Donald Brooks, in addition to making one-of-a kind pieces under their own label which sold at upscale stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. This gorgeous maxi skirt is pieced with huge concentric circles in pinks, blues and greens, that float like bubbles against a cerulean blue velvet background.  It has a zipper in back and a hook and eyes at the waistband, and is lined in blue. There are a few small scattered spots on the blue velvet, pretty inconspicuous, otherwise the condition is excellent.  Waist 28", hip 41", length 41".  $325