Jump to Navigation

[Household Accessory]

View at Kansas Memory

Accession Number: 2015.43.3

Physical Description: White linen tea towel. Originally hemmed around all four edges, but the hem along one of the long edges has been undone. 1.9 cm wide band of open draw work across each end. Additional thin line of hemstitch draw work across the inside line of the hem at each end.

History of Object: Antonia A. Rocha was born in Mexico. Her family later immigrated to Kansas where her father worked for the railroads, and she entually settled in Oakland neighborhood of Topeka. She learned draw work from her mother when she was a child, and she practiced her craft on her siblings' diapers. Rocha was a Master Artist of Mexican Draw Work for the Kansas Folk Art Apprentice Program co-sponsored by Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Arts Commission. Her sister, Luisa Padilla, was also involved in the Kansas Folk Art Apprentice Program as a Master Artist for her work with crocheted flowers. 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): 77.10 (H) 38.80 (W)

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Origin, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Native American Heritage Museum
    Origin, Place of: Oakland (Topeka, Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Kansas Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program
    Theme/topic: Folk art
    Theme/topic: Mexican American folk art
    Theme/topic: Mexican Americans
    Individual: Rocha, Antonia A.
    Theme/topic: Drawn-work

Creators and Contributors

    Rocha, Antonia A.

Status: Cataloged

For more information, please contact our museum staff.