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Accession Number: 2015.43.2

Physical Description: Bobbin lace sample. Design is a basket full of flowers. Made of white linen thread.

History of Object: Sonia Domsch (1934- ) of Atwood, Kansas learned lace making from her great aunt, Anna Beck, as a young girl. Anna and her siblings had emmigrated with her mother, Mary Dostal, from the Bohemian region of what is now the Czech Republic in 1894. The family name was changed from Dostal to Beck after arriving in America. After living briefly in Oklahoma, the family relocated to Atwood. There Mary and Anna made and sold lace to help support the family. Sonia lost interest in lace making as she grew older, but returned to the art in her early 20s. She learned as much as she could from Anna, and was also encourage by her uncle, Dr. Ivan Birrer. Sonia is also a dedicated teacher, having taught lace making to her daughter and granddaughter and participated as a Master Artist in the Folk Art Apprentice Program co-sponsored by the Historical Society and the Kansas Arts Commission. In 1986 she became the first Kansan to receive a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Originally acquired for display at the Native American Heritage Museum, which operated as part of the Iowa and Sac & Fox Mission State Historic Site in Highland from 1996 to 2008.

Date: Between 1995 and 2000

Dimensions (in cm): 23.10 (H) 22.40 (W)

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Associations and Subjects

    Origin, Place of: Rawlins County (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Atwood (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Bohemia (Czech Republic)
    Use, Place of: Native American Heritage Museum
    Theme/topic: Kansas Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program
    Theme/topic: Czech Americans
    Theme/topic: Folk art
    Individual: Domsch, Sonia Cloe, 1934-

Creators and Contributors

    Domsch, Sonia Cloe

Status: Cataloged

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