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Cotton Pickers

By: Denise Peacock
Cotton Pickers

Cotton Pickers,
Dimensions: 42" x 34"
Materials: #4- to 8-cut hand-dyed wool, hand-torn wool, and wool paisley on linen.

Designed and hooked by Denise Peacock, Springdale, Arkansas, 2020.

Note: This rug is inspired by a John Doyle painting. 'Carolina Cotton Fields,' painted on a grand scale, is meant to show a long overdue indebtedness to the African Americans who toiled in our southern landscapes well into the 20th century, picking cotton by hand before machinery relieved them of their arduous labor. The painting depicts three Black field laborers beginning their day at sunrise. The central dominating figure stands upright and steadfast as she looks to the morning sky with noble determination. As if to say "A New Day Is Coming." – An excerpt from

This rug is featured in Celebration 31.


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