Textile Traditions on Independence Day

This past weekend, we went out to our favorite Hill Country town, Rocksprings, for the re-dedication ceremony for the newly restored 1891 county courthouse.  Edwards County has a strong history of sheep and angora goat ranching, and traces of it were evident in the celebration.

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If you look at the arched doorway of the courthouse, you might notice two big lumps, one on each side.  These were bags of mohair and wool!  It is not every keynote speaker who shares the stage with bags of fibers.

When it came time for the ribbon cutting, some of the officials used “tijeras” or the old hand-held shears.  If you look at the picture of just two of the men, you can also see the baling hook on top of the wool bag.

In the audience I saw a woman in a beautiful crocheted dress.  It turned out that she was this year’s Old Settlers Queen, and the dress was made in 1934 (I’m pretty sure) for one of her ancestors, a great-aunt or great-grandmother.  I was hoping to get to talk to her about it, but she was busy being on her parade float so I didn’t get a chance.  The dress looked to be made of cotton, and it had lovely drape.  It looked so fresh and stylish; it was the perfect summer dress.

The rest of the day was fun too, as small town celebrations usually are.  And it will all be covered in the best small town newspaper ever – the Texas Mohair Weekly!