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Doilies made for the Orphanage for Girls at Halfway Tree, Jamaica.

Halfway Tree, Jamaica : Sold for the benefit of the Orphanage for Girls, [circa 1880?]
Physical Description:
12 doilies in 1 album : plant material ; each doily 16 cm diameter, in album 18 cm x 18 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
TT800 .D65
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
"The doyleys are made of the bark of the Lagetta-Lintearia tree, growing in Jamaica. The borders are cut out of the Spatha, the sheath of the fruit of the Mountain-Cabbage palm. The ferns are collected from different parts of Jamaica."--Printed paper label affixed to the first leaf.
"Young women in teachers' training colleges for women learned how to make lace-bark products for their classrooms and school girls made fans and doilies from lace-bark for fundraising benefits to aid the poor and special needs organizations, such as Orphanage for Girls at Halfway Tree in Kingston. Amidst the Jamaican exhibits at the World's Exposition in New Orleans, 1884-1885, several lace-bark ornaments were made by St. Mary's College and St. Mary's Practicing School for Females."--Buckridge.
The Orphanage for Girls in the Half Way Tree neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, was founded in 1865. Throughout the second half of the 19th century, the girls and their supporters produced and sold traditional lace-bark accessories to help raise funds for the orphanage.
Buckridge, S. African lace-bark in the Caribbean, page 102
Set of 12 Jamaican lace-bark doilies in an octagonal paper album, secured with with a green silk ribbon. Each circular doily is uniquely constructed of native Jamaican plants, with the bark of the Lagetta lagetto tree forming the "lace." Doilies are loose in album, separated by octagonal sheets of paper.
Subject Terms:
Bark -- Specimens.
Doilies -- Specimens.
Ferns -- Specimens.
Handicraft industries -- Jamaica.
Orphanage for Girls (Kingston, Jamaica)
Plants in art.
Pressed flower pictures.
Women in natural history.
Botanical illustrations.
Lace (needlework)
Orphanage for Girls (Kingston, Jamaica)

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