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...Gathered in the this space, and on permanent public display, is one of the world's greatest quilt collections. The collection is personal. The quilts here were all chosen by Doug Tompkins for their outstanding design qualities---their surfaces are bold and graphic, their color and form extraordinary. Solid color, geometry and "hard edge" predominate here. Fundamentally important in Esprit's collection is unadulterated design---the skillful manipulation of line, form and color. ...This collection currently has more than 200 antique quilts made by the Amish, who now number over 100,000 in America. While their communities are concentrated in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, there are Amish in 20 states and one Canadian province. Although the Amish culture appears remarkably uniform to the outside observer, there are many differences from community to community. In my brief descriptions and random comments, I will point out characteristics which may help illuminate some of the similarities and differences among the many sects. Take time with these marvelous quilts---they can be enjoyed on many levels and in many ways. See them up close, step aways, squint at them, study them, see how they relate to others around them, compare them with similar examples. (from a note from our curator, Julie Silber)  
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