Many twin beds, hand made in the communal area of Amana, had three ticking-covered matching mattresses placed on their wood slats. These were beautiful striped, twill woven fabrics in many patterns. This cloth originated in Italy and migrated to Germany by the 1500’s. Towns near Budingen, Germany, where Amana members came from, were all designing and weaving ticking fabric. It is a cotton or linen, tightly woven for durability and to prevent tightly spun horse or pig hair from poking through the fabric. The mattresses were hand tufted with variegated yarns to add strength and decoration. Other fine printed cottons were used to finish the bedding…all gorgeous fabrics.