Rag Rug Weaving in the Upper Peninsula

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One of the many ethnic communities represented in the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Research Collection is Finnish Americans, of which the largest and most concentrated community in the United States lives in the Upper Peninsula. Rag rug weaving is a strong tradition maintained in this community since immigration at the turn of the 20th century. 

The collection includes rag rugs, placemats, looms and other weaving equipment, and arvhival materials, including photos, audio tapes of over 100 interviews, field reports, books and articles. The rugs in this collection were made between the 1920s to the present day; the majority were made and collected or donated since the 1970s.

Dr. Yvonne R. Lockwood and Martha Brownscombe. 


Some fieldwork related to rag rugs are under the Michigan Heritage Award Recipients and Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeships collections.

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rag rugs (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))