On this day in 1904, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly premiered at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, Madame Butterfly told the story of an American sailor, B.F. Pinkerton, who marries and abandons a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San, or Madame Butterfly.
Savanah Adkins, a Native American of the Chickahominy and Pamunskey trobes. hand pieced and embroidered this Butterfly quilt top between 1930-1949. Adkins daughter inherited the quilt and she documented it as part of the Arizona Quilt Documentation Project.
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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance