Saturday, April 6, 2013
I find it interesting that quilts were used by African-American, like those seen in Beloved, to communicate. Quilts were sown with symbols and different types of representations to help escaping slaves identify routes to freedom. I think this is ingenious. The quilts were used as a map. Symbols could represent an array of things such as the North Star, which was obviously important as it designated the Northern direction, a direction the slaves would have most definitely wanted to travel. Quilts also depicted images of a wagon wheel, crossroads, and a log cabin, which could be used as a place refuge in their long and difficult journey to freedom.