Folk art textile by Kate Clayton (Granny) Donaldson (1864-1960) of Brasstown, Jackson County, North Carolina. Hand dyed and spun wool crocheted motifs of a central tree, surrounded by various animals, human figures and a basket of flowers, to hand woven wool panel and attached on the top and bottom to shaped wooden mounts. Hemmed side edges. 34 5/8" H x 26-13/4". Note: A native of Cherokee County, NC, Kate Donaldson was a pictorial textile artist known for her so-called Cow Blankets. Her work is recorded in Allen Eaton's Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. See also the digital collection of the Hunter Library of Western Carolina University. Condition: Overall very good condition with some minor holes to top margin. One hanging string on top is unraveling.
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