Thursday, November 6, 2014


The Amana Community wash house was was attached to a community kitchen. In it one would find water pails, wooden wash tubs, wooden crossbucks, clothes line shuttles of large, flat wood pieces, wooden baskets and more, all hand made by wood workers and coopers. One of the most unusual pieces found in the wash house were the wooden shoes, with leather uppers and wooden soles,  that the women wore to keep their feet dry while working on the wet floors. They were hand carved and very sturdy, functional shoes seen as folk art today.

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